President Obama has opted out of most activities in the National Day of Prayer. While he says he intends to pray privately, as a part of his normal daily practice, he will not be active, nor will any of the executive leadership of his administration, in the organized activities of the day. Personally I think the President should recognize the importance of this day to many and at the very least he should have sent token representation from the executive branch of government, but I am not surprised by his absence. The basic organizers of this event have not been among his greatest supporters.
Read the CNN story HERE.
What do you think? Are you surprised by the president’s actions? Do you agree with some who say that this year, more than most, this country needs prayer? Should Christians make an issue of this or is this just another day and everyday is a day of prayer? How should Christians respond?
More than anything though, have you prayed today?
Try this, pray for each of these in a sentence prayer or two:
- National Leaders
- State Leaders
- Local Leaders
- Emergency Personnel
- School Officials
- (If you want to really walk on the wild side, pray for your pastor and church staff!)