I have never been a big fan of organized days like this because everyday should be a National Day of Prayer and we do not need a law or a ruling from a judge to tell us that. All this day was, was a time for the politicians to meet with selected religious leaders, have a meal, and say a prayer. It was more of a time for the religious leaders to lobby the politicians than anything.
Some people see this as another nail in the religious coffin in this country and I say we have freedom of religion in this country, and that means we also have freedom from religion in this country. I have a real problem with government sponsored prayer. I have a problem with the fact that the House of Representatives and the US Senate have chaplains. (Who are paid quit well the by the way). This should not be the case.
Until 1952 we did not feel we needed a law to tell us we needed to pray for the Country. The National Day of Prayer was founded to pray for our victory over the godless Communists. Well, they are gone and I don’t think we need this particular law anymore.
St. Paul tells us that we are to pray always and everywhere. St. Escriva the founder of the Opus Dei said we are to sanctify the ordinary. Part of the monastic ethos is prayer and work. And these things have been going on since the foundation of the Christian Church. Muslims and Jews pray three times a day. Why do we need a law to tell us to pray.
We have far bigger things to worry about in this world of ours than weather or not we have a national day of prayer.
To steal the line from Nike, “Just Do It!” So that should be our mantra, “Prayer, Just Do It!”