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‘Tis the season to celebrate the power of Prayer!

Join in praying for your country and our world this May!

Feasts of Prayer
By Debra Brand

On Thursday May 5, 2005 the people of the United States will observe the National Day of Prayer. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed this day permanently in 1987, along with 33 governors and 150 mayors.

His prayer for us was, "On our National Day of Prayer, then, we join together as people of many faiths to petition God to show us His mercy and His love, to heal our weariness and uphold our hope, that we might live ever mindful of His justice and thankful for His blessing." He urged, "…the citizens of this great nation to gather together on that day in homes and places of worship to pray, each after his or her own manner, for unity of hearts of all mankind."

In this furious paced time that we live, our country needs our prayers more than ever. Not only as President Reagan prayed, but seeking forgiveness of the offenses we have committed as a country against God.

Abortion, murder, assisted suicide and all other forms of crime have had their way too long in this country, the land of the free. We have been delivered from the bondage of sin and death but like the Israelites we still turn to other gods and away from the one, true God, to go our own way.

Our repentant prayers reach upward when we kneel before the throne as acceptable sacrifices to God. The fragrant aroma of praise will get us into the Throne Room to worship Him in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, our ever-living intercessor.

This year, the National Day of Prayer leads us into the Global Day of Prayer on Pentecost Sunday, May 15. Nations will start praying at sunrise in the East (New Zealand) and continue in different time zones until the sun sets in the West (USA).

What an opportunity this presents! To be able to be unified within the United States as one body, then 10 days later to be globally together!

Each of us has a God ordained mission; to reach the unsaved and to seek His Kingdom. Let’s do it for the betterment of all mankind. Remember to pray on May 5th, continue 10 days to May 15th and celebrate the Day of Pentecost when signs, wonders and miracles will take place through the Holy Spirit.

Ask God for the impossible because He’s in the impossible business! Seek Him and He will order your ways. Pray in the Spirit at all times. And Jesus said, "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins." (Mark 11:24-25 NIV)
As her faith has grown leaps and bounds these last few years, Debra Brand has been inspired to share her writings. Her poetry is free style and her thoughts put to paper, seek to further the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. You may write to Debra care of the Letters page of this magazine.
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