In 1952 President Harry Truman established a National Day of Prayer. However, it was in 1789 when President George Washington offered a proclamation for a National Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer.
Is there really any doubt we have backed way down on praying and its necessity?
Today during the program I spent some time sharing my experiences and struggles with the topic. Despite being a vocational pastor for many years, prayer always was tough for me. I wish I could say otherwise, but honesty compels me to admit to this old weakness in my life.
However, I have learned. I have learned how to pray and I have learned how to take a simple passage of scripture and use it as an outline for meaningful prayer. Now let me state, one of the most meaningful prayers ever comes from a hurting heart simply crying out, "Please God, help!"
Remember, Christianity separates itself from all religions with this simple truth - religion is about man's attempt to reach God; Christianity is about God's attempt to reach man. Prayer puts the sail up to catch God's wind which is always blowing.
I offended a listener or two this morning spending four minutes talking about the subject of prayer - even though it is National Day of Prayer. Oh, well...it happens. People mistakenly believe our faith is a private matter. Well, that's not what Jesus taught and my faith bleeds through my show. Always has; always will.
But, I want to come back to the person at the center of my faith, Jesus. Most of you have never, ever heard the song I have linked to below. It's called "Remember Me" and it was written and performed years ago by a friend of mine, Rick Riso.
The words of this song inform why I pray and the way that it is sung always touches my heart. I hope it does these same things for you.