Reflections on the National Day of Prayer

Joan Hart


Another National Day of Prayer has come and gone. I hope you took  time to reflect upon your own prayer life, as well as the corporate prayers of our nation. There can be no argument that we have much to pray about in these days of violence and the threat of more war. My own list grows longer each day.

I was first introduced to the Day of Prayer sometime in the mid-1980s when I was asked to be the speaker at the observance in the National Cemetery in Springfield. When I moved to Farmington sometime later to pastor a church, I participated in that city’s prayer observances.

Upon returning to Lebanon I began putting together an  early evening inter-denominational community service after people got off work on the National Day of Prayer. It was held on the steps of the courthouse or in the lobby of the Civic Center where we brought in special singers and speakers or choirs from one of the schools. We invited city and county officials and law enforcement and first responders as our special guests. Pastors from various churches in town would pray for them and our state and national leaders. As time passed, my health precluded me from doing that, and I miss it so much.

My good friend and mentor, attorney Dee Wampler, has written a book about the place of prayer in our national history, and the intention of our forefathers that this be a Christian nation. His book is entitled “Standing On The Front Line” and  with his permission I am using some of his research to give you some quotes to consider as we reflect upon the foundations of faith upon which this nation was founded.

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