National Day of Prayer Statement

2015 National Day of Prayer Statement by Corporate Chaplains of America CEO, Preston Parrish

Wake Forest, NC — The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. The Bible is full of historical accounts of nations who focused on a collective time of prayer and then saw extraordinary changes in their circumstances. The same is true in the history of the United States of America.

But what about in 2015 — can this still happen?

Almighty God is not some cosmic Santa Claus who exists just to fulfill our selfish wish lists. And He never acts in a manner inconsistent with His nature or Word. So those truths probably rule out many of the petitions we might be inclined to offer. But praying according to His nature and Word — now that has the potential for results.

The Bible gives us cues about what praying according to His nature and Word, perfectly embodied in His Son Jesus Christ, can look like. It can reflect:

— Having humility before Him and in our own eyes…

— Turning away from sin…

— Trusting in Him and obeying His commands…

— Being people of honesty, integrity and truth in our personal character and business dealings…

— Demonstrating mercy, kindness, justice and generosity toward others, especially for the cheated, abused, exploited, marginalized, and forgotten…

— Being faithful and responsible in our family relationships, with our spouses and children…

And much more. But these are all be good places for us to at least begin praying for ourselves and nation on this Day.

As we do, we may just find that the 2015 National Day of Prayer does indeed result in real, divinely-imparted benefits — and not merely a few fleeting PR points — because we experience Him working by His power, in and through us, to answer our prayers.

We at Corporate Chaplains of America (CCA) are certainly praying on this Day, as we do every day, in the course of providing quality care in Christ’s Name to a quarter-million employees and family members in some 900 workplaces across the nation.

We invite and urge you to pray with us, not only on the National Day of Prayer but all year long:

“Then hear their prayer and their supplication in heaven, Your dwelling place, and defend their cause and maintain their right.” (1 Kings 8:49).

To learn more about the ministry of Corporate Chaplains of America and how we can serve your company, visit us at www.chaplain.org. You can also register as a CCA Prayer Advocate at http://chaplain.org/united-states-of-prayer/.

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