Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation—Mr. Barack Hussein Obama June 2007For the past eight years, the White House recognized the National Day of Prayer with a service in the East Room, but this year, President Obama decided against holding a public ceremony. (see story)
Under the Bush administration, the White House hosted an interfaith service each year, inviting protestant, Catholic and Jewish leaders for an event at the East Room.
President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush also marked the day with a White House observance.
President Harry Truman first established the day as a national event in 1952. Reagan signed a resolution in 1988 to observe the National Day of Prayer each year on the first Thursday in May, and each president since has recognized this day with a proclamation.
President George Bush lead the Nation in recognizing the National Day of Prayer for the past eight years and it has been formally and publicly recognizing since its institution in 1952 but according to Mr. Barack Hussein Obama we are no longer a Christian nation and apparently we are no longer a nation that is unashamed of Christianity.
Mr. Obama’s refusal to actively participate in the National Day of Prayer is a signal to all anti-Christian forces in the United States that Christians are now considered second-class citizens in the United States of America by Mr. Obama and his administration.
[B]ut whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.—Matthew 10:33It just unfortunate that a White House that would celebrate a Passover Seder, Earth Day and Obama’s own “Cinco de Cuatro” in the White House would not find the time to lead the Nation in a time of prayer in this most tenuous time in America.
Following is a Prayer taken from President George Washington's Prayer Journal:
Almighty God, and most merciful father, who didst command the children of Israel to offer a daily sacrifice to thee, that thereby they might glorify and praise thee for thy protection both night and day, receive, O Lord, my morning sacrifice which I now offer up to thee; I yield thee humble and hearty thanks that thou has preserved me from the danger of the night past, and brought me to the light of the day, and the comforts thereof, a day which is consecrated ot thine own service and for thine own honor. Let my heart, therefore, Gracious God, be so affected with the glory and majesty of it, that I may not do mine own works, but wait on thee, and discharge those weighty duties thou requirest of me, and since thou art a God of pure eyes, and wilt be sanctified in all who draw near unto thee, who doest not regard the sacrifice of fools, nor hear sinners who tread in thy courts, pardon, I beseech thee, my sins, remove them from thy presence, as far as the east is from the west, and accept of me for the merits of thy son Jesus Christ, that when I come into thy temple, and compass thine altar, my prayers may come before thee as incense; and as thou wouldst hear me calling upon thee in my prayers, so give me grace to hear thee calling on me in thy word, that it may be wisdom, righteousness, reconciliation and peace to the saving of the soul in the day of the Lord Jesus.
Grant that I may hear it with reverence, receive it with meekness, mingle it with faith, and that it may accomplish in me, Gracious God, the good work for which thou has sent it. Bless my family, kindred, friends and country, be our God & guide this day and for ever for his sake, who ay down in the Grave and arose again for us, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.-- From William J. Johnson, George Washington, The Christian (New York: The Abingdon Press, 1919).
Have a Blessed National Day of Prayer