May 6, 2010 – From dignitaries to school groups, hundreds gathered in the Cannon House Office Building near the U.S. Capitol to corporately worship and intercede during the National Day of Prayer Observance. Prayers of repentance for our nation, for our government, and for our military were enthusiastically offered as people were challenged to help turn the face of America back to God.
by Joy Allmond
This year, as the 59th observance was marked on May 6, Franklin Graham joined Shirley Dobson, National Day of Prayer Chairman, in Washington, D.C. to urge people all over the United States to intercede on behalf of our country.
Prayer For Our Military
Doug Castle, a chaplain in the U.S. Army, was invited to pray for the military at the Cannon House service. “We’ve been at war for eight years – one of the longest in our history. So many lives are being changed. I have a desire to invoke the presence of God in our military and to ask for His blessing.”
Prayer For Our Government
Congresswoman Michelle Bachman (Minnesota) is not only concerned for our nation as a public servant, but as a disciple of Christ. “Our country is undoubtedly under siege. As a Christian, I believe that author of our true liberty is Jesus. In the New Testament, we are told that ‘Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.’
She aims to preserve this nation as the land originally founded on Christian principles. “We are seeing so much discrimination against Christians. Of course, a recent example of this is Franklin Graham’s dis-invitation to the Pentagon. Another was Tony Perkins’ (President of the Family Research Council) dis-invitation from Andrews Air Force Base,” she explained.
“The Christian faith was subscribed to by the founders of this country. They attribute the rise of the United States to the hand of God, who has blessed us. My prayer is that we hold on to that particular essence of America. It’s important to look to what made us great – our faith in God.”
For Such a Time as This
Although the 2010 National Day of Prayer has passed, James Dobson, former president of Focus on the Family (and husband of Shirley Dobson), believes its impact will go the distance.
“Franklin Graham has had many opportunities to talk about the Gospel amid all the media attention we have received this year, and he does it with intensity, yet not with anger. He graciously gets the message out there,” said Dobson.
“Now, people are talking about prayer all over the country. Even just five years ago, people didn’t know very much about National Day of Prayer. I think that’s a divine thing.”
He also believes this year’s theme, For Such a Time as This, could not be timelier. “Many who are committed to Christ are concerned for our country, and most of those people have a spiritual basis for their concern. So, ‘for such a time as this,’ we are together to pray for our nation. This is why God called us, and that’s what we’re about.”
Gary Bauer of American Values had this to say-
Yesterday, hundreds of people, including members of Congress, met on Capitol Hill to observe the National Day of Prayer. Jim and Shirley Dobson chaired the event. We prayed for America, for each branch of government and for the American military.
The keynote address was delivered by Reverend Franklin Graham, who had been disinvited from speaking at the Pentagon, allegedly because he has on occasion been critical of Islam’s hostility to women and to freedom of religion. (His son, Captain Edward Graham, is currently serving in his fourth tour in Afghanistan.) Reverend Graham’s message was powerful and many in the room were moved to tears by his plea that America turn back to God.
By the way, even though the legislative and judicial branches of government were represented, the Obama Administration failed to send a representative to the event.
My Comment: Is anyone surprised?
posted by rightthingtodo on May 8, 2010