Today, May 4th, is the National Day of Prayer. This observance was signed into law by President Harry S Truman in 1952 and each year our sitting president signs a proclamation encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.
This National Day of Prayer is non-denominational and is celebrated by people of all faiths, reflecting the diverse population of our nation.
No matter what your belief system this is a time to put aside our differences and concentrate on our commonality.
Despite our diversity we are one people and it is important is that we seek out that which unites us before focusing on those areas in which we disagree. We must have common ground upon which to stand if we are ever to reconcile those things that seek to divide us.
We should take this day seriously. We should all find a quiet space and pray or meditate or do whatever each individual feels is right to touch the higher power or inner self, and seek to know what action we each can take to make this shared space, this earth we all call home, a better, safer, more secure space, for all its inhabitants.
So far hatred hasn’t worked to improve things very much, maybe it’s time to give love a chance.
Also, prayer doesn’t have to be confined to one day, you can do it again tomorrow if you wish.
When all else fails…
So it would seem. Perhaps if we saw prayer as a first resort things might be a bit different.
Prayer yes. Knowing the God to whom you are praying I believe is important. It is personal choice but the ONE who lives in me by His Spirit surely directs my way to prayer FIRST.
All processes, including prayer and supplication, have a beginning and so you are correct. I don’t think that I would much enjoy living in an ancient pantheistic world and having to choose the correct “god” for the occasion. Recognizing the One removes all doubt.