National Day of Prayer ~ Love One Another

“I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another.” John 13:34

Grace and peace to you fellow sojourners! Below is an excerpt from the National Day of Prayer website describing the history of the Day of Prayer and the hope for unifying prayer that results in a transforming work of God in our hearts. This year the theme for prayer is love one another. You are invited to fast and pray this Thursday and ask the Lord to revive your and other’s hearts to His ways.

“The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.” (nationaldayofprayer.org)

“Our hope is that individuals, churches, and spiritual leaders in America, will humble ourselves and unify in prevailing prayer for the next great move of God in America. We can come together in clear agreement that this is our greatest need. We can become a visible union, standing together in prayer. We can pray more than ever before, and practice extraordinary prayer for the next great move of God in America that will catapult the message of the gospel nationally and internationally.” (nationaldayofprayer.org)

In the law of Moses, love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:18) assumed self-love as the starting point. A higher standard than self-love measures this new commandment to love one another. The love Christ showed His disciples was self-abandoning, self-sacrificing and to this degree, we are to love one another.  When we love one another we are loving Christ; we are loving an object of His tender love.

Thank you, Lord, for leaders that desire to bring this great nation together by encouraging our humble repentance and asking for Your extraordinary mercy to heal our hearts so that we are freed to love one another sacrificially. You have shown us how to love one another by your self-abandoning, self-sacrificing love towards us. Forgive us for seeking our own interest to the detriment of someone else’s. Forgive us for not boldly living Your message and even sitting on the sidelines as if we knew not what to do. Revive our hearts and set them ablaze to your ways Lord. Amen.

In His grace,

Amanda

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