Editorial: Guidance and strength are in prayer

May. 01, 2013 @ 08:04 PM

For some, today’s conversation will simply be a continuation. Others may find themselves in new territory.

Either way, we’re encouraging all to thrust forward.

The National Day of Prayer happens annually on the first Thursday of May. This 62nd observance will be marked by the theme “Pray for America” and while we encourage that, we also encourage prayer for others.

In a long list of ways, so many of which are varied and splintered, prayers for others will be the best way to pray for our country.

In selecting a theme, organizers turned to Matthew 12:21: “In His name the nations will put their hope.”

Across the Tri-County and throughout the nation, voices will be lifted, humility will envelop us and thanks shall be given for many blessings. Guidance is there for those who believe and will listen. Strength comes to those who live by the scriptures, and accept their promises.

Our Founding Fathers knew the freedom of religion was paramount to the success of our nation. Sadly, others have snipped and ripped at this freedom both internally and externally, but it remains in place. So does our standing as a great nation.

Our presidents have made more than 100 national calls to prayer. Understandably, most have come during crisis. We remind today, that not only should we turn to prayer when the going gets tough, we should also readily be giving thanks when blessings are flowing.

Anytime is a good time to pray, and today we do so collectively. Many areas around Vance County and the Tri-County will have organized activities. But if unable to attend, stop for a moment wherever, give thanks, and pray for others.

It is a two-way conversation, and we encourage listening.

Finally, we remember the words from 1808 of Thomas Jefferson: “Fasting and prayer are religious exercises; the enjoining them an act of discipline. Every religious society has a right to determine for itself the time for these exercises, and the objects proper for them, according to their own particular tenets; and right can never be safer than in their hands, where the Constitution has deposited it.”