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National Day of Prayer

Written by Dr. Steve Whitaker, Head of School

“The times, they are a changin’.” This was true over 50 years ago when Bob Dylan first sang this line and is still true today.

It can be easy to look at the pace of change in the last decade and become discouraged or fearful. Fewer Americans regularly attend church. Fewer students graduate high school with a genuine faith in Jesus. More people claim no religious affiliation whatsoever. We witness more skirmishes over religious freedom. The list goes on and on.

The prophet Jeremiah had a word for God’s people as they suffered in exile, and it remains true for us today. He wrote, “But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”

God’s people had experienced great upheaval after being forced from their homes by a hostile army and resettled in pagan Babylon. Some of the prophets were (falsely) encouraging the people not to worry. “This won’t last long,” they said. Jeremiah, however, was (rightly) encouraging the people to dig in for the long haul and pray! The Hebrews would spend more than 50 years in Babylon.

I think God has the same encouragement for us today. Dig in for the long haul and pray! Pray for our leaders. Pray for our businesses. Pray for our neighbors. Seek their good. Why? Because in their welfare, you’ll find your own. And more importantly, this demonstrates the very heart of God to bless every nation through His people (Psalm 67).

The National Day of Prayer is today, and I hope you’ll join believers from across the United States to pray. Let’s pray for our world, our country, and TFA’s school community. You can find more information about the National Day of Prayer by clicking here to visit their website.

Let’s dig in for the long haul and pray together!

 

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