We Need More Than A Day Of Prayer

Cutting Edge Magazine
May 1991
Tom Terry

May second marks the National Day of Prayer as enacted by both houses of Congress and former President Ronald Reagan. The National Day of Prayer is one day when Americans of all origins agree to bring the welfare of their nation before God, asking for His blessings. We need more than blessings though.

Two hundred years ago our Founding Fathers built this nation upon principles that they had learned through life. Those principles were Biblical in their foundations and profoundly moral. A quick look at current interpretations of what America is reveal how far we have strayed.

Liberal activists have effectively removed prayer from public schools and historical religious symbols from public parks and government offices. When prayer is offered from the halls of Congress, or a legislative body, the name of Jesus is never used, only a generic god. The Founding Fathers did not believe in a generic god. They believed in the God of the Bible. If you’ve heard the arguments but no proof, then read on.

Samuel Adams signed the Declaration of Independence and called the first constitutional convention. Samuel Adams said, “Let Diviners and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, unite their endeavors ‘to renovate the age by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls…of leading them in
the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system.”

Patrick Henry was one of the key players in helping to establish the Bill of Rights. Patrick Henry said, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists (pluralism), but by Christians, not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

John Jay was the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and one of the authors of the Federalist Papers. John Jay said, “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest, of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians; for their rulers.”

James Madison was the “Chief Architect of the Constitution. James Madison said, “Religion…[is] the basis and foundation of government before any man can be considered as a member of civil society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.”

John Adams was the second president. He was also a devout Christian. John Adams said, “Statesmen may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue.”

A recent survey stated that 86% of Americans are Christians. If that is true, then where is the “pure virtue” John Adams talked about? It is lost in the meaning of the word “Christian,” which is today thought of as a cultural “thing” instead of a commitment to follow Jesus Christ to a cross of death.

Take some extra time to seek God on May 2nd (if not every day), and instead of asking for blessings, ask him for the minds of Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Jay, James Madison, John Adams, George Washington and Jesus Christ. Then open the Bible, read it, and do it, and your prayer will be answered.