Today marks the 64th annual National Day of Prayer. This year is especially meaningful to me as I am on a spiritual journey that is having profound affects on my life.
To compliment this year’s theme, Lord, Hear Our Cry, the chosen scripture is I Kings 8:28 “Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.”
The theme emphasizes 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.
“In America, our nation is stronger because we welcome and respect people of all faiths, and because we protect the fundamental right of all peoples to practice their faith how they choose, to change their faith, or to practice no faith at all, and to do so free from persecution and discrimination. Today, as we pause in solemn reflection, we celebrate the religious liberty we cherish here at home, and we recommit to standing up for religious freedom around the world… In the face of tremendous challenges, prayer is a powerful force for peace, justice, and a brighter, more hopeful tomorrow. Today, as we join together in fellowship, we seek to see our own reflection in the struggle of others, to be our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, and to keep faith — in one another, in the promise of our nation, and in the Almighty.” ~ President Barack Obama