“I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men… And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? I therefore beg leave to move--that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business…”--Benjamin Franklin
Today is the National Day of Prayer!! Obviously, God wants us to pray all the time and every day but every year I think its a great idea to be reminded of the importance of prayer. Most of our Presidents and founding fathers (even the ones who weren't as "religious") understood the significance and importance of prayer.
If you have never checked out The Presidential Prayer Team website you need to today. It is a gold mine of good stuff. It gives you lots of good info on how to pray for the President, our nation and all of our elected officials. It also has lots of quotes from past Presidents and our founding fathers. Check it out!!
Pastor Charles Swindoll, Honorary Chairman of this year’s National Day of Prayer, prayed this prayer for our nation:
2007 Prayer for the Nation
by Charles Swindoll
Almighty God, we pause to reflect on Your character as we seek wisdom for such a time as this. In these unsafe days, You remain all-powerful and able to protect; in these uncertain times, You remain all-knowing, leading us aright; in the unprecedented events we're facing, You remain absolutely sovereign. Our times are in Your hands.
Therefore, our dependence on You, is total, not partial. Our need for Your forgiveness is constant, our gratitude for Your grace is profound, our love for You is deep.
We ask that You guard and guide our President and all who serve the people of these United States. May uncompromising integrity mark their lives. We also ask that You unite us as truly "one nation, under God." May genuine humility return to our ranks. And may that blend of integrity and humility heal our land. In our Lord's name we pray, Amen.