A Praying Life
5/5/11 at 11:41 PM 0 Comments

BLESSED IS THE NATION

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Psalms 33:12 declares, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the lord. the people whom he has chosen for his own inheritance. On April 29, 2011 President Obama did as other Presidents before him has done "Proclaim a National Day of Prayer. The official proclamation as posted on the White House site is as follows:

For Immediate Release

April 29, 2011

Presidential Proclamation--National Day of Prayer

Throughout our history, Americans have turned to prayer for strength, inspiration, and solidarity.

Prayer has played an important role in the American story and in shaping our Nation's leaders. President Abraham Lincoln once said, "I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for the day." The late Codetta Scott King recounted a particularly difficult night, during the Montgomery bus boycott, when her husband, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., received a threatening phone call and prayed at the kitchen table, saying, "Lord, I have nothing left. I have nothing left. I have come to the point where I can't face it alone." Dr. King said, in that moment of prayer, he was filled with a sense of comfort and resolve, which his wife credited as a turning point in the civil rights movement.

It is thus fitting that, from the earliest years of our country's history, Congress and Presidents have set aside days to recognize the role prayer has played in so many definitive moments in our history. On this National Day of Prayer, let us follow the example of President Lincoln and Dr. King. Let us be thankful for the liberty that allows people of all faiths to worship or not worship according to the dictates of their conscience, and let us be thankful for the many other freedoms and blessings that we often take for granted.

Let us pray for the men and women of our Armed Forces and the many selfless sacrifices they and their families make on behalf of our Nation. Let us pray for the police officers, firefighters, and other first responders who put themselves in harm's way every day to protect their fellow citizens. And let us ask God for the sustenance and guidance for all of us to meet the great challenges we face as a Nation.

Let us remember in our thoughts and prayers those who have been affected by natural disasters at home and abroad in recent months, as well as those working tirelessly to render assistance. And, at a time when many around the world face uncertainty and unrest, but also hold resurgent hope for freedom and justice, let our prayers be with men and women everywhere who seek peace, human dignity, and the same rights we treasure here in America. The Congress, by Public Law 100-307, as amended, has called on the President to issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a "National Day of Prayer."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 5, 2011, as a National Day of Prayer. I invite all citizens of our Nation, as their own faith or conscience directs them, to join me in giving thanks for the many blessings we enjoy, and I ask all people of faith to join me in asking God for guidance, mercy, and protection for our Nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

BARACK OBAMA

America roots and foundation is built upon prayer. America upholds religious freedom for all to express or not express their religious belief. We are not persecuted for our beliefs. You can choose to believe or not believe because the choice is yours. I choose to believe. At the same time, America does not dictate belief nor punish for non-belief. Thank God for freedom and let us never take our freedom for granted. It is a precious gift that many wish they had. It is why many seek to come to America.

The nation that prays is blessed. The word blessed means: divinely or supremely favored, fortunate, worthy of adoration, reverence highly favored. It means possessing good things. The nation that prays is protected. Psalms 33:16 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. 17 An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. 18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; 19 To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.  A nation that prays is one that recognizes their need for God and repents for its sin in order to receive healing for the land. Ok, the word says in 2nd Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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. My people refers to those who believe in God yet when we repent, turn and seek God the healing of the land is for the righteous and unrighteous alike, the believer and non-believer benefits from the healing of the land.

Let us not forget Proverbs 14:34 that Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. May America always rise up and bless God because God has and continues to Bless America.

All scriptural reference KJV.

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