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Today’s question: is it right to omit God from National Day of Prayer?
Excellent question. As our society becomes more secular, our prayers are also becoming secular. Our prayers are becoming godless. The National Day of Prayer was designed by the United States Congress ‘to turn to God in prayer and meditation’ every first Thursday of May. The President is required by law to sign a proclamation each year encouraging Americans to pray. From George Washington to Thomas Jefferson to Abraham Lincoln to Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama to Donald Trump to Joe Biden, the US Presidents took time asking people to pray.
Now Joes Biden’ Presidential Proclamation omitted God. There is no mention of God, Jesus Christ or Lord. Franklin Graham said that could be a clerical error. Biden’s assistant probably made a mistake. I really doubt that. I think that is by design. Biden’s White House has been conducting meetings with atheist and secular groups. That is unprecedented in American history. These atheist groups spend a lot of time shaming people who pray. ‘Your thoughts and prayers are useless, stop it’. If you want to pray, pray to Jehovah, Allah, Jesus, Buddha, Rama, Krishna. Prayer became ridiculous.
In his book The Kingdom of God in America, Richard Niebuhr wrote that we want “A God without wrath brought men without sin into a Kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a Cross.” (Richard Niebuhr)
A God without wrath…..we want a God without wrath. A grandpa god who smiles at everything we do. Like a grandpa who gives out lollipops to children this god has no business except to pat on our backs. Now, let us get rid of this god altogether.
Men without sin….there are no sinners anymore. We don’t need a Savior. We can save ourselves. We can have a big government, big spending plans and big organizations to help our every need. There is no need to pray for a Savior
Kingdom without judgment….there is no sin, so there is no judgment, so there is no need to repent for anything we do.
Christ without cross….we want a Jesus in our image. Richard Dawkins said if Jesus were alive today, he would be an atheist. We don’t want a crucified Jesus who came to save us from our sins. We want a Jesus whom we made in our image.
We made Jesus without his cross. But the truth we need Jesus with his cross. Apostle Paul said we preach Christ crucified. We preach Christ crucified. Because only through the cross of Christ do we have access to the presence of God. Only through the cross of Christ can we approach the throne of God. Only though the name of our Lord Jesus Christ are our prayers heard by God. So, it’s a waste of time to pray without Jesus Christ our Lord.
We should come to the cross of Christ, get saved from our sins, accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and make our prayers in his name. Without our Lord Jesus Christ the National Day of Prayer is meaningless.