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Why We Pray

<p>Community leaders and citizens of Greenwood gathered last Thursday at noon for observance of the National Day of Prayer. Mayor Del Gabbard issued an official proclamation, joining Greenwood to the multitudes praying across the nation.</p>

Community leaders and citizens of Greenwood gathered last Thursday at noon for observance of the National Day of Prayer. Mayor Del Gabbard issued an official proclamation, joining Greenwood to the multitudes praying across the nation.

As American troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, President Franklin Roosevelt called for our nation to unite in prayer. He also offered a prayer to prepare each citizen for the road ahead.

“Let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be. And, O Lord, give us faith. Give us faith in Thee.” – FDR

The victory that followed on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, began the march to Berlin. Eighteen months later, WWII was over and one of the world’s greatest evils had been defeated. The prayers of a nation had been a powerful force.

Prayer has always been used in this country for guidance, protection and strength-even before we were a nation or a handful of colonies. The Pilgrims at Plymouth relied on prayer during their first and darkest winter. Our founding fathers also called for prayer during the Constitutional Convention. In their eyes, our recently created nation and freedoms were a direct gift from God. And being a gift from God, there was only one way to insure protection-through prayer.

President Abraham Lincoln knew this well.
“It is the duty of nations as well as men, to owe their dependence upon the overruling power of God.” – Abraham Lincoln

When it came to the fate of the nation, Abraham Lincoln practiced what he preached. Before the battle of Gettysburg, he turned to God in prayer. He said that he went to his room one day, locked the door and got down on his knees before Almighty God and prayed mightily for victory at Gettysburg. Won by the Union, Gettysburg was one of the turning points in the war that ended slavery and kept the states united. Today the need for prayer is as great as ever. Our nation again faces battlefields, along with an epidemic of broken homes, violence, sexual immorality and social strife. As the heroes of our nation did in the past, we must again bow our heads in prayer. We must ask the Lord to bless our leaders with wisdom and protection, and that we will have the fortitude to overcome the challenges at hand. If Roosevelt, the Pilgrims and Lincoln never underestimated the power of prayer, neither should we.

It is our goal that you, your family, and friends would participate in the National Day of Prayer. We pray that the event impacts your life, and that praying for our nation moves from a one-day event to a lifetime endeavor. So join us on the first Thursday in May and pray with conviction that God would continue to shed His grace on thee.

Mayor Del Gabbard has stated that as long as he is Mayor, Greenwood will always join the nation in this National Day of Prayer. “I also want everyone to know that there is a meeting every morning in the Mayor’s office at 8 o’clock. Everyone is welcome to pray for the City with us,” Gabbard added after last Thursday’s proclamation.

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