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Is the National Day of Prayer Biblical?

Here’s what Matthew 6:5-8 (KJV) says about prayer:

“And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

“But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

“Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.”

With this, can the National Day of Prayer really be reconciled with scripture?


  1. Clif
    May 20, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Hi Richard:
    Interesting premise, and while I am no big fan of the National Day of Prayer, there is some Biblical examples of it. How many times didn’t God through man have the whole nation pray? Moses, Joshua, Esther and others had examples of whole cities or nations praying for God’s blessing and/or mercy as a result of their sin. And of course, you can’t forget 2 Chronicles 7:14, If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land, which I believe is the theme verse for the NDP. I think the biggest problem with the Day of Prayer is that the USA is not really ready to repent, and perhaps the prayers should center on revival and repentance instead of blessing and mercy. Better citizens (real Christians) would lead to a better nation.

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