Why have a National Day of Prayer?
When it comes to the work of the church it’s so easy to get caught up in loads of activities as if the advance of God’s Kingdom depends on how busy we are. It is also easy to be lazy in kingdom work and just leave it to others. We all need to find a balance between prayer and action, and it’s not something that comes naturally to me. The National Day of Prayer reminds us that without Jesus “we can do nothing”. It reminds us that “unless the Lord builds the house we build in vain”. And as we humbly depend on God and plead for him to act we often find ourselves further motivated to roll up our sleeves and get more involved in sowing gospel seeds.
At the end of Paul’s first missionary journey we read that he and his companions revisit the freshly planted churches. As they teach the Word and organise, we see that they do so “with prayer and fasting” (Acts 14 v 23). Prayer and action go hand in hand. To have a day when we join in prayer for our church plants, replants and established congregations is an excellent idea. We are a needy nation and what our nation needs the most is Jesus, the Light of the World. Let’s come together as brothers and sisters in Christ and ask our loving Father for help. Sometimes we do not have because we do not ask!