“JUST THINK FOR A MOMENT ABOUT THE SITUATION THAT CHRIST’S DISCIPLES WERE IN AFTER HE LEFT THEM.
Here was a group of peasants, powerless, up against the most powerful empire in the world. Possible prison time was the very least of their worries. They knew that torture and execution could be in their future if they refused to stop preaching the name of Jesus Christ. But they couldn’t stop. To a man, they kept talking about Christ’s life, death, and resurrection to anyone who would listen. None of them would deny or retract their story. Eventually, just as the authorities had threatened, most of them were executed for it. But still, all of them maintained to the very end that Jesus had risen from the dead—that they had seen Him, touched Him, talked with Him. What would inspire men to suffer and die for a belief? Only one thing—the absolute certainty that their belief was true... Which leads me now inescapably to one conclusion: Jesus’ resurrection was not a lie. These apostles would have turned state’s evidence in a heartbeat, copped a plea, unless they had seen the risen Christ in the flesh... Their courage, their steadfastness, proves that their story is the truth. And that makes it a truth worth living—and dying—for.” —Chuck Colson
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER.
ON 06 MAY 1982, RONALD REAGAN offered these words ‘Today prayer is still a powerful force in America, and our faith in God is a mighty source of our strength. Our Pledge of Allegiance states that we are ‘one nation under God,’ and our currency bears the motto, ‘In God We Trust.’ The morality and values such faith implies are deeply embedded in our national character. Our country embraces those principles by design, and we abandon them at our peril. Yet in recent years, well-meaning Americans in the name of freedom have taken freedom away. For the sake of religious tolerance, they’ve forbidden religious practice in the classrooms. The law of this land has effectively removed prayer from our classrooms. How can we hope to retain our freedom through the generations if we fail to teach our young that our liberty springs from an abiding faith in our Creator?”
HISTORY OF THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
1775. The First Continental Congress called for a National Day of Prayer.
1863. Abraham Lincoln called for such a day.
1952. Congress established NDP as an annual event by a joint resolution, signed into law by President Truman.
1988. The law was amended and signed by President Reagan, to be the first Thursday in May each year.
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