By Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski
The National Day of Prayer this year is becoming an extraordinary development for West Virginia. This annual observance was signed into law in 1952 by President Harry S. Truman and is held on the first Thursday of May. It is always meaningful when people gather and pray, however, this year will be even more significant. A simultaneous movement is taking place all over the country. Franklin Graham has initiated the Decision America Tour and is calling the Church to join prayer rallies at capitols in all 50 states on different dates. It just so happens that the day set for the Charleston Capitol in West Virginia is May 5th, 2016. This is the same date as the National Day of Prayer. On this annual event, West Virginia will be led in prayer by one of the most respected preachers in the world.
The Church in West Virginia now has a wonderful opportunity and should consider Psalms 133:1-3: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!… for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.” The Church is not a denomination, a race, or one particular political party. The Apostle Paul wrote that we all share the important foundation, which is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We all have different opinions and views on scripture. Howbeit, this is a powerful core belief that unifies us all. The influence of Christians has been greatly diminished due to divisions and childish disputes. It is time that we realize the urgency of the hour and focus on God’s mission for us all. The Body of Christ has the answer for the world’s most serious issues and must play a greater role. Only when we are unified will we have the power to impact our country in momentous ways. If we stay divided, then our nation will continue on the spiritual decline and revival will be a memory of the past.
It is vital that we take heed to the message of Franklin Graham. America is at the crossroads and must make a decision. All Christians must come together, pray, vote, and engage in our communities. Why not make plans to meet at the State Capitol this May and help the team obtain the goal of 10,000 people. If you cannot make it, how about setting time to pray for our country on this day. Even more importantly, get involved with what God is doing in your town and home Church. Be purposeful in unifying the Body of Christ and reaching out to other denominations and races. When we stand together, what can stop us? In addition, this is how to receive the promise of the Psalms. It is then that God will command his blessing! With a suffering economy and numerous issues, West Virginia needs what Heaven has to offer.
(Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski, Your Brother & Sister In Christ. All comments are welcomed at [email protected])