Monday, May 11, 2009

National Day of Prayer

Last Thursday was the National Day of Prayer. A few weeks ago I ran across a NDoP bookmark that listed seven things to pray for: Government, Military, Media, Business, Education, Church and Family.

What about the poor? What kind of nation doesn't pray for the poor?

So a few days ago I checked out the website and found that it was seven "centers of power" that they were praying for.

But that didn't make me feel better.

"Blessed are the poor in spirit ... those who mourn ... the meek ... those who hunger and thirst for righteousness ... the merciful ... the pure in heart ... the peacemakers ... those who are persecuted because of righteousness ..." (Matthew 5:3-10)

I mean, sure, we need to pray for those in power. I do. I will. But still - if there's a whole day to pray together as a nation -

what about the poor?

1 comment:

uncle jim said...

there were 3 or 4 people showed up at our city hall to pray together that morning for the National Day of Prayer ... I'm sure others were praying that couldn't show up for the public observance.

certainly we should pray for the poor ... of course I too often forget.

I was in Louisville this past weekend. as our 4-some walked through the downtown tourist area to find an eatery we were set-upon at least 6 times by "homeless" beggars ... all asking for spare change, or a dollar, or even just a quarter. we offered to buy them something to eat - they turned us down. they are in my prayers especially as their problems seem to be deeper than hunger for food.

but as I toured the Garland neighborhood of west Louisville and I saw the poor hanging out on the street corners and on porches and walking around. i will try to remember more frequently to pray for them, too.

thanks for the reminder.