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"THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER"
May 7, 2017
1 Timothy 2:1-4 Daniel 2:21
On September 28, 1781 at Yorktown, Virginia on the Chesapeake Bay, the British General Lord Cornwallis surrendered to the French and American colonial armies under General George Washington. This marked the end of Americas war for independence. Lord Cornwallis never believed that it was possible for a colonial militia army to defeat the pride of Great Britain.

According to American legend, the British armys band played a tune as they surrendered. The tune was, The World Turned Upside Down. If a nation-wide poll were taken today, I believe most people would say that song is especially appropriate now with all the protests and riots were experiencing over the recent election results.

Please read with me from the Epistle 1 Timothy 2:1-4,
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

Not only are we to pray for all people in general, but we are to pray specifically for kings, and for all that are in authority. This means were to pray for our nations leaders no matter what political party they belong to ... whether Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, or Socialist. Were called to prayer for those in authority because God put them in authority, and He did so for His purpose.
In the Book of Daniel (2:21), we read, And (God) changes the times and the seasons: he removes kings, and sets up kings: he gives wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know under-standing.

The Apostle Paul said, in Romans 13: Let every soul be subject to the governing powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

Because of election results, Americans protested with riots and violence in the streets. The man was not supposed to win the election. The odds were hugely against him winning. Many claimed he was unqualified to be President; they claimed he was a joke of a man, and they burned him in effigy. Many warned that he would take away the constitutional free-doms of thousands of people and even plunge America into war!

These were all dark prophesies, yet, Abraham Lincoln was elected anyway and because of the many threats against him, President Lincoln even had to sneak into Washington DC on an unscheduled train under the cover of night. And yes, his election did plunge our nation into Civil War, but it was a war which finally ended the stigma of slavery from our nation.

I dont know how much farther these analogies will go only God knows, but it was clear to many and especially to President Lincoln that our nation desperately needed prayer no less than we need prayer today. In 1863, President Lincoln received a resolution asking him to declare a national day of prayer. Here is part of his response:

We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.

The current divisions within our nation give all of us cause for concern, but these concerns didnt just suddenly appear. Just last year Rabbi Jonathan Cahn issued a prophetic warning during his address at the National Day of Prayer in Washington DC. Rabbi Cahn said, America was to be a city on a hill to which the eyes of all people would look. The vision would come true, for America was modeled after Israel.

Cahn then went on to say, And now, many of the same choices Israel made reverberate throughout the United States. The founding vision of America was based on the ancient template of Israel, but in the days of her blessing, Israel turned away from God and His blessings, drove Him out of its government, out of its culture, out of its national life. Israel celebrated the ways of godlessness and lifted up its children on the altars of Baal and Molech, and it called what was evil good and good evil. So too America, in all her blessings, has turned from the God of her blessings.

All of us here today share at least one thing in common. We believe in the power of prayer and the authority of our God over all things. Thats why were here. With devout faith, were here to pray for our nation and our nations leaders ... that God will give them wisdom and discern-ment in the decisions they make.

I believe its very opportune that were here today to pray as President Lincoln did, and ask God for a quick and peaceful out-come to the many Crisis that assail us internally and externally.

In our walk with God, there are no coincidences. With all the tensions nationally and internationally, its especially appropriate for us to come before Gods throne in prayer for His protection and guidance. We also ask for Gods protection over our Police and our Armed Forces who sacrifice so much to protect us and our freedoms.
 
 Gods will is often unfathomable to us. We just dont understand why God ordains some things to happen and others not. Thats why our faith and obedience to Gods instruction are so important. Its for us to trust totally in Gods purpose and design.

Our Lord, who made David Israels King; a man whose hands were stained with blood, yet, God gave him authority to rule because God had a plan a design which required time to be revealed. It just proves that we do not see each-other as God sees us. God sees into our hearts and reveals His purpose according to His plan.

Now I ask you to join with me in prayer, and grant our President and all our leaders the knowledge and discernment they need to lead our nation wisely and by faith in our Heavenly Father.

Today we come before our Heavenly Father to beseech Him for His wisdom and mercy for us in intercession and supplication for our government and for our President, for his cabinet and for all those whom You have allowed to be in leadership in this most blest nation of ours.

We come, O Lord, asking for Your wisdom, guidance and protection. We pray that You will grant our leaders the assurance that there is no war, no famine, nor circumstance that is greater than You.

Please join with me now in prayer:

Heavenly Father, You spoke to Your prophet Jeremiah and said, Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is anything too hard for me? All things are possible with God. Nothing and no one is beyond His Will. So we pray that today our leaders will hear the voice of God and know that He is in control. Gods way is the only way that can divide the darkness from the light; that can bring peace out of chaos.

Gods Word tells us, we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. And neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.