"Then He (Jesus) was praying in a certain place; and when He stopped, one of His disciples said to Him, Lord, teach us to pray, (just) as John taught his disciples." (Luke 11.1, Amplified Bible).
According to information provided by WayMakers, June 12 will be A Global Day of Prayer involving millions of Christians around the world. This is part of a planned 10 days of worldwide prayer which began June 2 (the day associated with the Ascension of Christ to heaven) and culminating on Pentecost Sunday (commemorating the birth of Christianity).
As stated in the materials provided by WayMakers:
"At the turn of the millennium, believers in South Africa sensed God calling them to seek Him in repentance and prayer and to call people across their country to assemble in united prayer for their cities and nations.
"Soon gatherings like it -- all meeting on the same day of the year -- multiplied across Africa, and in the years that followed, all over the world..."
This is certainly an auspicious moment for Americans of faith be "all with one accord in one place" -- given all that is happening on the African continent, given all that is happing on the American continent, given all that is happening period.
Keeping in mind all over the world there are individuals who three times a day stop their lives to ask their god to destroy America, taking a few days or moments to say a prayer for our nation seems most appropriate. Presumably one's private entries for America will not violate whatever barrier might exist between church and state. For the Christian at least there is mandate for such prayer:
"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..." (I Timothy 2.1-3. KJV)
The 10-Day Prayer Guide follows the simple outline how Jesus answers a disciples desire to know how to pray. Perhaps in one of those fleeting moments of "our thoughts and prayers" we could in these 10 days remember. The Amplified Bible translates Luke 11.2-4 this way:
"And He said to them, 'when you pray, say:
'Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come. Your will be done (held holy and revered) on earth as it is in heaven.
'Give us daily our bread (food for the morrow).
'And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us (who has offended us or done us wrong). And bring us not into temptation but rescue us from evil.'"
So, Sunday, June 12, 2011 has been declared a worldwide day of prayer. If only because we are a nation still in need of God's hand, take a moment to pray for all of us collectively, for me, and for thee. Apparently African patriots are praying for us.
Copies of "A Ten-Day Prayer Guide" are available at Christ Community Church and other area churches, or can be found at www.gdopusa.com.