“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”

Believers across the nation heard and prayed these words this past Thursday, May 3.

At Christ Church on this day, Rev. Emily S. Matheny, Executive Director of Congregational Care, read them as she presented Psalm 33 in its entirety to those gathered in Wilson Chapel.

It was the 61st Annual Observance of the National Day of Prayer, a day set aside to ask God as one nation for his guidance and provision in matters of education, business, media, military, government, families, and the church.

After Emily welcomed the congregation, director of traditional music Perry Redfearn led them in the hymn “America the Beautiful.”

Then came the center and bulk of the service, a time of sincere and devoted prayer and petition to God. A handful of different congregants served by leading in the various prayers, and many of them prayed aloud from their pews.

The communal prayer was brought to a close with this congregational prayer recited in unison which was provided by the honorary chairman of the National Day of Prayer, Dr. David Jeremiah:

Heavenly Father,

Every good gift and perfect gift comes from You. You are a faithful God and Your mercy endures forever.

You have promised to bless the nation that trusts in You.  Our currency proclaims “In God We Trust,” but in our culture we are far from You.

In the words of the prophet Daniel, “We have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments.”

We come before You once more, seeking Your forgiveness and mercy.  You, O God, are our only hope… Hear our prayer and, for Your honor’s sake, shine Your face upon this nation.

Give our leaders the desire to seek Your wisdom and the courage to follow Your guidance… and watch over the men and women of our armed forces as they sacrifice for the cause of freedom.

We give You thanks for all You have done for us, and we earnestly pray that You will help us become, once again, a nation whose God is the Lord.

In the name of Your Son, and our Savior, we pray this prayer.

Amen.

The service concluded with the singing of the hymn “O God, Our Help in Ages Past.”

O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come; be thou our guide while life shall last, and our eternal home.

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