The Westlake Ministerial Alliance invites the community to come and pray for our country at the 64th Annual National Day of Prayer, NDP, at noon on Thursday, May 7 at the Lake Christian Academy in Sunrise Beach. The theme for NDP 2015 is Lord, Hear Our Cry, emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities, and men.
“Our nation has been permeated with sin and a growing number of enemies are rising up against us. We will pray as David did in Psalm 143 that God will not hide His face from us, but rather in accordance with His great faithfulness, He will cause us to do His will,” Alliance Pastor Nick Stutesman said. “At this crucial time for our nation, we can do nothing more important than pray. This is an unprecedented opportunity to see the Lord’s healing and renewing power made manifest as we call on citizens to humbly come before His throne.”Prayer will be held for the seven areas of local, state and national influence which include the government, military, media, family, church, education, and business. Representatives of each of these areas are strongly encouraged to attend.
A special prayer will be simultaneously read throughout the nation at noon (EDT). This
recitation will create a huge wave of prayer, flowing from one coast to the other, illustrating the unity of God’s people and acknowledging His dominion over the circumstances facing us. Millions of people will gather to pray at thousands of events.
The NDP Task Force Representative John Bornschein said, “This annual observance powerfully demonstrates the religious freedoms that were secured by our Founding Fathers who recognized that our innate human rights are inexorably tied to our relationship with the Creator.
America’s rich tradition of prayer was established by those who sacrificed to lay the foundation for a government based on the principles in God’s Word. Yet our nation has departed from those solid underpinnings, abandoning our hard-won birthright. We now waver between righteousness and immorality, and this vacillation puts us in great jeopardy. In the words of one early leader, President James Madison: “We’ve staked the whole future of American civilization not on the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us … to govern ourselves according to the commandments of God.”
One of the greatest “layperson revivals” in American history occurred in 1857. At that time there were 30,000 men idle on the streets of New York. Drunkenness was rampant, and the nation was divided on slavery. On September 23, 1857, Jeremiah Lanphier, a praying businessman, began a noontime prayer meeting on Fulton Street in the Financial District of Manhattan. Out of a city of one million people, six individuals showed up. However, the crowds grew, day by day, and within three months there were prayer meetings all over the city. More than 50,000 people in New York City alone paused each Wednesday at noon to pray. The prayer revival soon spread across the nation, and in about 18 months, a million people were converted to Jesus Christ.
We believe that God can bring about another great awakening in our nation if we humble
ourselves and pray, seek His face and turn from our wicked ways (II Chronicles 7:14). There is still hope for America.”
” The Almighty is waiting for Americans to turn back to Him in a posture of prayer and
repentance. May we, this day, determine to surrender our ways to Him, giving God the honor He deserves so that, as Psalm 85 states, “His glory may dwell in our land.”
The Lake Christian Academy is located at 17178 N. State Highway 5 in Sunrise Beach. For
information call 573 374-1500.