The Capitol Rotunda was packed on the night of May 1st – the night before the 2019 National Day of Prayer.
An incredibly powerful and moving worship service took place there – in the National Statuary Hall.
Hundreds of government leaders and politicians fell on their knees and prayed for America – for a great awakening of love and forgiveness to take place across the nation … beginning right there in that room.
What about the separation of church and state?
Not an issue.
Because this wasn’t a church service. It was a movement of God…
And prayer has preceded every great movement of God throughout history.
People of all faiths were there: Christians, Jews, Muslims, Native Americans and others.
The theme of this year’s National Day of Prayer was “love one another” – from John 13:34-35, where Jesus told His disciples:
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
You see … doctrinal orthodoxy and a proper understanding of Scripture are of no value without love.
Doing good works has no value without love.
It’s more important for Christians to love their brothers and sisters in Christ than it is for them to have all the right answers to doctrinal questions … or to do good deeds in public.
God’s supreme desire for us is that we:
- Experience His love in our lives
- Share that love with others by allowing the Holy Spirit to control us
In 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, the apostle Paul states this concept perfectly:
“For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.”
Congressman Jody Hice (R-GA) encouraged those in attendance to pray for a great awakening to take place in America – an awakening of loving one another – that would begin right there in Washington, D.C. on May 2nd, 2019.
He said, “We are deeply honored, every one of us, to live in the greatest country in the history of the world. But we also are keenly aware that we are a country experiencing problems and difficulties: things like racism, things like hatred, things like violent crime and a host of other things. All of these things are an indication of the true problem, which is a spiritual problem of the heart. The reality is that this spiritual problem cannot be changed by another law or another piece of legislation. The only solution for the problem is for God to bring about a spiritual awakening that transforms the hearts of Americans so they can once again love Him and love one another, and therein our nation is healed.”
Ronnie Floyd – a Southern Baptist pastor, author and president of the National Day of Prayer – gave an emotional, stirring address on John 13:34-35. At the end of his message, he said:
“You are not known by your creeds, by your songs, by your doctrine, by your knowledge, by your achievements, by your dress or by your appearance. Jesus says you are only known by your love.”
He encouraged the attendees– if able – to get on their knees and pray for a revival of love and forgiveness to spread across the nation.
Later in the service, Floyd had the audience form groups of 6 to 8 people and pray out loud in their groups that God would teach us how to begin loving one another as Jesus loves us.
I encourage you to ask God to make your church a loving reflection of the love of Christ in your neighborhood and community.
The entire evening service lasted 2 hours. Try to find time to watch the first 47 ½ minutes. It’s very powerful … and very moving.
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