Today's the National Day of Prayer. Did you know? Today thousands of Americans - from Washington to Florida, Texas to North Dakota - will bow their heads and pray for God's grace. His forgiveness. His help. And how desperately we need it all: grace, forgiveness, and help!
I've always loved that quote by Corrie Ten Boom and have taken it to heart. If it's too small to pray about, it's too small to worry about. I've gotten to the place in my life where almost nothing seems to small to bring to God's attention. Yes, I know He has big things going. I know His attention is needed elsewhere. But that is what's so amazing about God: He's mighty enough to handle the international wars and my internal wars. He's attentive enough to hear the loudest prayers and my silent prayers. He's compassionate enough to tend to the world's complex cares and my rinky-dink, careless cares. He's big. He's mighty, attentive, and compassionate...
... and He's listening.
Today, for the National Day of Prayer, I got specific. I put a prayer on each sheet of paper and lumped them all together. "These, God," I said, "are my cares." And there are several, including our country and her leaders. Our wars and their soldiers. Our schools and their occupants. Our churches and their members. Oh... and you. If you're reading this, you're in that white, papery pile. Today I'm praying for you.
Sure, today's a big day for God. For us. A lot of prayers will reach His attentive ears today. But then again, they do everyday. So don't worry. If you're inclined to pray, He's always inclined to listen.
If my people, who are called by my name,
will humble themselves and pray
and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways,
then will I hear from heaven
and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
-2 Chronicles 7:14