Believers in Annapolis at the National Day of Prayer (May 7, 2015)

Believers in Annapolis at the National Day of Prayer (May 7, 2015)

A week ago today, people all over America gathered at events that centered on interceding for our country. The National Day of Prayer is an annual tradition for many and for that we should be grateful.

I took part in the observance at Lawyer’s Mall in Annapolis, Maryland. This is the spot used for most assembling that is done in the capital. During the legislative session, every day witnesses a protest or rally of some kind on a major issue or bill that is being debated. But on the first Thursday of May each year, that space is reserved for prayer.

We recited the pledge to the flag. We heard the national anthem sung. We prayed for several categories of influence in America – government, business, media, family and others. The gospel was presented. And the thing that always seems to strike me when I’m there is how biblical it is. How obedient to the Scriptures these folks are.

Here we stood in front of the capitol building, to the side of the governor’s house, across the street from the offices of the General Assembly and right next to the statue of Justice Thurgood Marshall.  Right in the middle of the center of power of Maryland with strong, bold reminders of all three government branches on every side. And we prayed. It is a modern-day bowing to the Lord based on a first-century text that still points us to the top priority of any citizen of heaven who is temporarily also a citizen of an earthly nation:

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  1 Timothy 2:1-4

No anger was shown. No bullhorns were used. No placards were waved at cars passing by. Just prayer. Peaceful, quiet, godly, dignified.

Thanks to Juin Killingsworth, who heads up the National Day of Prayer throughout Maryland and also to Mitch Ekstrom for diligently coordinating the Annapolis meeting each year. And may we not stop praying for America and our leaders to repent and turn to God.