Psalm 45.17
I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;
   therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever.

Reflection: When Nations Pray :: Worldwide Prayer
By John Tillman

God hears all prayers, no matter how quiet, even our inner thoughts. And even one faithful individual’s prayer can change the course of the world. But when nations pray, humbling themselves before him, great moves of God are more than possible—they are likely.

Religious leaders, communities, and individuals across the United States today participate together in a National Day of Prayer. May it be one in which we humble rather than exalt ourselves. Rather than puffing ourselves up as a great nation, may we bow heads and hearts meekly in confession of our failings before the only ruler who is worthy of our trust, Jesus Christ, the King of Kings.

Being in a country where people can be free to pray openly, much more be called to pray openly, according to our faiths and our consciences, by our government is a great and precious freedom that is worthy of recognition and honor.

May this day of prayer be one in which many people have ears to hear what the Spirit of God would say to them today, and the daring to act.

We join in prayer today with this prayer from the USA

Prayer of Intercession from the USA
All praise and thanksgiving to you, our loving and liberating Lord God. We desire to worship you in Spirit and in Truth, most intimately through your Son Jesus Christ.

May your Holy Spirit empower us to serve as your ambassadors wherever we go, beginning at home, then reaching to the outer limits of our sphere of influence.

Help us to incarnate a gospel that evangelizes and emancipates those in need as a real and relevant demonstration of our living Christ.

Grant our aim to glorify you as we worship and work for you in the Name of our crucified and resurrected Savior.

Prayer: The Call to Prayer
Know this: The Lord himself is God; he himself has made us, and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. — Psalm 100.2

– From The Divine Hours: Prayers for Springtime by Phyllis Tickle.

Today’s Readings
Numbers 9 (Listen – 3:20) 
Psalm 45 (Listen – 2:17)

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