A National Spiritual Emergency?

“We need to pray as those in past days with a vision that God is about do something beyond what we’ve ever seen. It is a time for the discerning Church to listen and recognize the amazing opportunity before us – and that is not to trust in government, but to trust in God.”

This comment was made by Dave Butts, chairman of the National Prayer Committee to national prayer leaders in their gathering in January. As we approach the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 2, this seems a fitting reminder. Certainly there is a sense that we are in a state of national spiritual emergency.

May 2 is a day when pastors, churches, and prayer leaders come together in a unified effort to pray for another great spiritual awakening in our nation. On Thursday, in multiple venues – including churches, state capitols, and in Washington, D.C. – millions will pray with a greater urgency and awareness that in a spiritual emergency, our only hope is a move of God.

The National Day of Prayer was established by Congress in 1952, and then set as the first Thursday each May by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. Since then, millions have gathered in special observances to pray for a fresh move of God. To find out if there is a local gathering in your area, go to www.nationaldayofprayer.org.

There are plenty of opportunities to join with millions of other believers in praying for our nation. Are we in a state of spiritual emergency? Some say yes; some aren’t sure. But perhaps we should always pray as though we are!