The national Day of Prayer was a spectacular day. Amidst much fanfare in some states and little or no attention in others, many people got together, to pray for our country and nations around the world. God is recognized as our fortress because there is really nothing that we can do without Him. This year, among other things, we prayed for the tornado hit areas (especially, Tuscaloosa & Birmingham, Alabama), the unemployed people in U.S. and around the world, Japan and our soldiers fighting in the Middle East. Although it seems like there is much more that needs to be done, prayer is the key to grease the seemingly squeaky wheels.
The theme that was being used this year was a reminder that, in the middle of chaos, God is our sure foundation. A fortress signifies a stronghold that cannot be broken. This country was founded on the belief that if God fought our battles, we would be successful. It wasn’t stated thus, but was implied. The early Pilgrims came here for religious freedom. They knew that, if they placed their trust in God, that this new nation would survive and would be a great nation. They were right!
As we focused on praying for our nation, we remembered Japan. On March 11, 2011, the world watched in sorrow as the aftermath of an 8.9 magnitude earth quake caused a tsunami in Japan. The Japanese lost over 25,000 people that were either dead or missing. The tsunami also caused a problem with their nuclear reactors. As a result, the immediate area around the nuclear reactors was contaminated. We have since learned that the area is isolated and that other areas of Japan are all doing well. We paused in prayer for the people of Japan and prayed that God would strengthen them.
In addition, we remembered the families of the tornado ravished areas. Marvin Gentry and many others took great pictures depicting the areas hardest hit. Our hearts and prayers go out to Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia and Mississippi. According to Bob Bardsley ( writing to inthenews.co.uk), “Despite its own continuing earthquake and tsunami relief efforts, Japan has reportedly offered to lend assistance to the Southern US states hit by tornadoes at the end of April.” It is outstanding, that despite what is going on in Japan, they would offer to be a blessing to the U.S. Once again, we prayed for all the areas in the U.S. that were ravished by the tornadoes on April 27, 2011. God is a sustaining God.
In conclusion, we prayed for the many that are still unemployed. According to an AP report dated May 5, 2011, “Oil is tumbling more than 3 percent after the government reported a jump in applications for unemployment benefits.” The unemployment rate is affecting all areas of our society. We prayed that many would know that, even in a bad situation, they could still place their trust in God. Proverbs 3:5&6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” We do not know why God allows disasters, but we continue to trust Him. We are a nation under God. We prayed for our troops, fighting in the Middle East and all over the world, who are striving to keep our borders safe. We also prayed for every mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, Aunt, Uncle, son, daughter and friend. We want them to know that they are loved by the God who is still our fortress and our strength!