Our nation has observed this day consistently since 1952, and sporadically throughout our history. Obviously, it is not doing much if any good. In the last few years, the weird, the bizarre, the profane, and perverse have been promoted and legalized. If LGBT would have clamored for either/or restroom rights a generation ago, they would have been led to the outhouse. “Gay” marriage is, and will always be an oxymoron, but our national lawmakers recognize this perversion for the first time in human history. I would indeed pray fervently if I baked cakes for a living as a Christian. …or if I were a florist or photographer. As you know, they are being sued on a regular basis.
Let us take a peek inside of the Christian church today. Wednesday night prayer meetings usually feature anemic attendances. Often other activities during this time slot, both inside and outside of the church, take priority over Christians in prayer. If Christians do not respond for prayer in these regularly scheduled prayer meetings, then why should the National Day Of Prayer seem more significant? Is an emphasis of prayer ON THIS ONE DAY (actually one mere hour) not actually simply to assuage our consciences? Is it not a token? Is it not merely perfunctory lip service? Is this not indicative of the Lord’s warnings that “You have a form of religion but deny the power thereof.” Sunday night services are cancelled by many if not most churches today. (I have always wondered what those preachers do on Sunday nights).
I would suggest we need a national week of mourning over the ineffectiveness of the National Day Of Prayer. We all know the spiritual plumbing stated in the often quoted II Chronicles 7:14. The verse is very true and it would work if employed. We quote it but we do not live it.
2 Chronicles 7:14 King James Version (KJV)
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.