How long can you hold your breath comfortably? I tried it recently, and after 10 seconds I was beginning to feel uneasy. The Heimlich maneuver is a life-saver to those whose breathing is unexpectedly interrupted.
Prayer, in many ways, is like breathing. Personally, it has been a means of literally saving my life on many occasions. Is comparing prayer to breathing extreme? I don’t think so. Everyday circumstances can surprise even the most stalwart individual, at which time a spontaneous but brief prayer might be uttered, like “God, help me!”
Again, how does prayer figure into life’s everyday equation? Simple – God, our Creator, wants to speak to us, and wants to hear from us. Praying is simply talking to God and as simple as breathing. Stop breathing and your life is in free-fall. Stop praying and the same is true.
Consider the downward spiral of our nation’s schools when prayer was disallowed in the classroom, at graduation ceremonies and many other forums. What can halt the free-fall of our nation, our families and every facet of society? Gathering as a community for corporate prayer can be the beginning.
The Aiken, S.C., observance of the National Day of Prayer will be on the first Thursday of May. This year’s gathering has a different venue, at the H. Odell Weeks Center in Aiken, at 6:45 p.m. May 3. The program will include music, Scriptures and prayers for our military, families, government, education, businesses, media and public service. All prayers will be offered by lay leaders in the Aiken community.
This annual observance comes at a time when our nation, community, families and all areas of our daily lives need God’s help, perhaps more than at any other time. Plan on attending with your family and expect to be encouraged, as together we all take a deep breath and remember that God is our source, and He is Faithful to answer those who call upon Him.