National Day of Prayer, by Becky Hunter

Becky Hunter

Colonists trusted the church. So it was no accident that Paul Revere chose a church to get out accurate and potentially life-saving information. Weekly worship services still are held in the Boston church where Revere chose to have the now famous “one if by land, two if by sea” lanterns lit. And last week, my brothers, their wives, Joel and I sat in an aged “pew box” in that Old North Church where, on April 18, 1775, those two lanterns flickered in the steeple windows to warn of the arrival of unwelcome British troops. Those lights gleamed for only a minute that night, but that was long enough for riders to take note, mount their horses, and begin to spread the news.

Only a few weeks after Paul Revere took his famous ride to spread the news of the arriving troops, the members of the Continental Congress met and issued a request to folks in every colony to pray for wisdom in forming this nation. Prayers of the saints have been, and continue to be, valued in our nation’s history. But it wasn’t until 1988 that President Reagan signed a law that officially set the first Thursday of every May as the National Day of Prayer. This year, Thursday, May 4, is the National Day of Prayer. It’s not an event; it is a day designated to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture. Let’s not forget to pray that day or any other.

“O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen to me and act! Don’t delay—for your own sake, O my God, because your people and your city bear your name.” – Daniel 9:19 (TLB)