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4 Living Illustrations Why “Love One Another” is the Right Theme for the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 2, 2019
I am very excited and equally as convicted that Love One Another is the right theme for the 2019 National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 2, 2019. I would like to share four living illustrations why it is a fantastic and needed theme.
Illustration #1: “Love One Another” are the words of Jesus in John 13:34, “Love one another. Just as I have loved you.”
I was reminded while reading through Psalm 119 from the New Living Translation of these words found in verse 37: “Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word.” Nothing leads to life more than the Bible, the Word of God. These words of Jesus are words of life.
Illustration #2: The condition of the churches in America today.
Over eighty percent of the churches in America are plateaued or declining. Most of the time this occurs due to the lack of health within the church. Most often, it is because Love One Another is not being practiced within the church. In fact, many times, there is great unrest and a lack of true Christian fellowship within these churches.
Illustration #3: Relationships are falling apart across America.
Marriages and families are falling apart across America. 1 Corinthians 13:8 says “Love never ends.” This kind of enduring, lasting love is missing in marriages and families; therefore, Love One Another is a message that is so needed for marriages and families. Love One Another is also needed across all relationships, including in workplaces, communities, and cities.
Illustration #4: Washington talk and action are not leading America.
The talk and action of America’s leadership are often not leading our nation to flourish positively. Negative words spoken about others lead to ongoing actions that are not moving America forward. Vitriolic speech and divisive actions are serving as living testimonies of how much America needs the message of Love One Another. None of this is right. We can differ with other people, and yet, we can love one another.
The Church Must Lead the Way
An unloving and divided church cannot call an unloving and divided nation to love and unity. Yes, the church must lead the way: Love One Another!
From the church houses in America to every state house in America, and all the way to the White House in America, we need to Love One Another.
Now is the Time to Lead and to Pray for America,
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The Value of Pastors and Churches Leading the Way on the 2019 National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 2
The churches in America are God’s footprints in our nation. God’s churches are blessed and anointed by Him, and the greatest network our nation has for prayer and the advancement of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 350,000+ churches and 200 denominations have the opportunity to impact America on one day in 2019: The National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 2.
As the president of the National Day of Prayer and senior pastor of a local church, I am convinced that we cannot complete our mission of mobilizing unified public prayer for America without the support of the pastors and churches in America. Additionally, each denomination and network of churches can be involved in advancing the Kingdom of God together, which far surpasses our own church and denomination. If there is any one day annually that we can work together for the greater good of God’s Kingdom, it can be the annual National Day of Prayer, which is the first Thursday of May annually.
Our priority must be to mobilize pastors, churches, and denominations to pray for America.
Will You Enter Your Community and Participate?
Pastors and churches, will you enter your community individually or even together, to join us in praying for America on Thursday, May 2, 2019?
Imagine with me for a moment: What would happen if each pastor and church in America established a prayer service or observance on the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 2, 2019? It would become the most prayed-for day in America.
Each pastor, church, or denomination can do any one of these options:
- Connect with and mobilize your church to an existing observance somewhere in your community.
- Create a new observance in your community in order to mobilize more people to pray for our nation.
- Realize you can create as many observances in your community as desired and there will still not be enough of these to mobilize your entire community to pray for America.
On each National Day of Prayer, there should be no less than 100,000 gatherings for prayer nationally, due to pastors, churches, and denominations leading the way or working together for the greater good of God’s Kingdom. Every Christ follower should want to take an hour on the National Day of Prayer to pray for America in a public prayer worship observance.
What Every Pastor, Church, and Denomination Needs to Know
If I had the opportunity to personally speak with every pastor and church in America, as well as each denominational leader, I would explain to that the National Day of Prayer provides a unique opportunity to engage all kinds of people in their communities who love America and hope for her best.
Some of these community members may not know Christ personally, but this service or observance can introduce them in a positive, non-threatening way to the things of God and the claims of Jesus Christ.
Regardless of your perception or what others may say, I believe the people of America love our nation. They realize our nation is broken and in trouble. Most also realize it will take some kind of divine intervention to see our nation move forward together positively.
The National Day of Prayer on May 2, 2019, provides a way to connect with one another in a positive, unifying way to pray for America. Pastors and churches are always seeking a way to create good will in the community. The National Day of Prayer is a wonderful way to do this. They will appreciate your participation and leadership in it.
Pastors, Churches, and Denominations, What’s Next?
Right now, get out your phone or calendar and mark this date: Thursday, May 2, 2019. Please mark your personal and your church calendar. Determine to schedule the National Day of Prayer as a priority on your personal and church calendar.
Go to our National Day of Prayer website and sign up to host an observance in your community in 2019. Talk to your staff team or church leaders and determine to become a strong participant in the National Day of Prayer. Also, on our National Day of Prayer website, watch this brief video on how pastors and churches can be involved in The National Day of Prayer in 2019.
The church in America should stand strong on the National Day of Prayer in thousands upon thousands of gatherings, proclaiming we believe in the power of prayer, even prayer for our nation. We need to become proclaimers of hope for our nation. Why would we not want to do this?
In humility, I appeal to all pastors, churches, and denominations in America: On Thursday, May 2, 2019, let’s plan to unite together, participate, or even lead, the National Day of Prayer in our communities. This may be one of the greatest ways you can add value in your community in 2019. God blesses pastors, churches and denominations that that value on the power of prayer.
Now is the Time to Lead and to Pray for America,
Dr. Ronnie Floyd