Throughout the years, I have come to understand and experience prayer as a conversation and interaction with God; a posturing of myself in a way to listen and to pay attention to His work in my life and in my world.
It is in times of prayer that I make my desires known, while at the same time submitting my will to the heart of God.
Prayer is a space to give thanks, give praise, make petitions, and supplications known. Prayer is when I humbly confess my sins, receive His grace and mercy, and seek divine intervention in my life, my community, my country, the world, and in creation. I have also come to believe that prayer is the space and place in which an individual’s faith in Jesus Christ matures.
Further, prayer is a corporate activity where people of God gather to commune and connect with God. Historically and traditionally people of Christian faith have gathered to seek the will and ways of God for the sake of others and the nation which they dwell.
From these perspectives and understandings on prayer, I believe a national day of prayer is important.
Amidst the noise and busyness of a Thursday afternoon in May, a group of people from Eagle River joined to pray, as with many other across this great nation, and exercise their freedom of religion, of speech, and assembly; they gathered to praise and petition Jesus Christ, to hear their confessions, their laments, their pleas, and their invocation, for the sake of others and on behalf of every aspect of society, culture, government, and leadership.
I was honored and humbled to be a part of this annual gathering.
The National Day of Prayer is an opportunity to embrace the posture of what is written in 2 Chronicles 7:14,[quote] “…if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”[/quote]
It is also a reminder that people of faith ought to be active in making space and time to commune with God. In doing so, I am confident that they will begin to experience more fully the ways of God’s grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love – in their life, in their community, and in their World.
Editor’s Note: Bryan Sallee is the lead pastor at Skyline Family Fellowship in Eagle River.