May 5 is the 60th annual National Day of Prayer.
This was not on my radar, so I was thrilled when friend Sandra Campbell invited me to experience the event her church is holding.
This year’s theme is “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” The meeting begins at noon and lasts an hour. Lunch and child care are provided.
The meeting is non-denominational and everybody is welcome. Sandra told me that last year’s meeting was powerful.
“I think it is so important that we gather as a community and pray for our community,” she said. “We need to affirm publicly that we do believe in God and also praise Him and pray for our local community as well as our nation.”
Prayer doesn’t come naturally for some people.
I remember many years ago when my husband asked me what prayer I typically prayed.
I explained that while memorized prayers have their place (as in the Lord’s Prayer), most of the time I simply “talk” to God.
I likely am so comfortable praying because as a little girl my mother sat with me every night while I prayed out loud to God.
Those prayers got longer and longer as I got older and added new topics to pray about.
I can imagine as a busy mother of four children, my mother was likely going over her to-do list as I prayed for my current and past pets, friends and relatives.
My sweet mother is the one who taught me that you can talk to God anytime, anywhere. What a relief.
There is also so much history when it comes to prayer in our country.
While some in government like to talk about the separation of church and state, those who are true students of history know nearly all the Founding Fathers were deeply religious men.
In fact, the Continental Congress actually asked people to pray for wisdom about forming our great nation in 1775.
You can read more about the timeline of the National Day of Prayer on the Web site, www.nationaldayofprayer.org
There is so much turmoil in our world, so many people at home and abroad who are suffering and feel hopeless. The very least we can do for them, regardless of whether they are believers, is to pray.
Over the years, I have met countless people who told me they prayed for my family.
When our daughter was seriously hurt in a horseback-riding accident, I received so many e-mails and notes of encouragement from complete strangers who told me they were praying.
The same was true when my father was ill for years before passing away in 2010.
Nothing is more humbling and encouraging when people lift you up in prayer.
I am so excited to be a part of this event Thursday.
I hope you will either attend (just call the church office to reserve a spot) or at least set aside some time Thursday to pray.
You will certainly feel peace if you do.
Adlen Robinson is the author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.”