Prayer

Today is National Day of Prayer, a day set aside by the US government to remind citizens to pray for the nation. (Here’s a history of the day). It’s great to have a day set aside to remind everyone to pray. Prayer should be in the public discourse more often. It is one the precious gifts we have been given.

I couldn’t begin to count the number of times my life has been directly blessed by prayer. So many times I’ve felt peace, reassurance, strength, hope, and forgiveness from prayer. No matter where I am – on my knees in my room, with family and friends, in a quiet corner, in my car, at my desk – prayer is always available to me. Sometimes it’s enough to just give thanks for the blessings I see and don’t see such as arriving safely to work and home after my long commute, the ability to bear difficulties with patience, or have hope that things will work out. Prayer is for all times, the good and the bad, because our Heavenly Father is always mindful of us.

I know that the Lord’s words in Matthew 21 are true:

22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

On this National Day of Prayer I am grateful for this nation, for the freedom to live the principles of my faith, and pray that these freedoms will always be preserved, that government leaders from all walks of life will approach their duties thoughtfully, prayerfully, and with consideration and inspiration from above. I pray that all people are blessed and can experience the sweet gift of prayer for themselves.

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