April 30 2009
Most people don’t celebrate their 50th birthday as publicly as the leader of a nation. We view this as an opportunity for the Christian community in Canada to take a few moments today and join us at NHOP to thank God for our Prime Minister. Besides serving in this political position, which we honour and respect, he is also our brother in the faith. We can therefore assume that he is one who “calls on the name of the Lord”.
In another century, in another country, another leader was known to “call upon the name of the Lord”
President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 in a country divided by civil war made a Proclamation to call for a day of national humbling, fasting and prayer on Thursday April 30th of that year. Below is an excerpt from this document:
Whereas, the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God, in all the affairs of men and of nations, has, by a resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation.
And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord. (Psalms 33 v 12)
The Proclamation can be read at this site.
I found it interesting that NHOP’s Thursday fasting day fell on this date when a government acknowledged God’s interest in a nation’s affairs and asked for its citizens to do so too!
As we gathered in the prayer room this morning at NHOP we blessed the USA by praying for and with 2 of her fine young citizens who are with us for the week. Today many Christians in America will declare the text of President Lincoln’s call to prayer in thousands of locations in preparation for their National Day of Prayer next Thursday. I wonder if the President had any idea that this would serve his country for so many generations.
While reading this historic call for a nation to humble itself in prayer before God it didn’t pass us by that there are many leaders serving in our government who love and serve the Lord. They share our concern for and pray for Canada just as we do. We are grateful for men and women who are willing to rely on the wisdom of God to assist them in their responsibility as Parliamentarians.
We also prayed at length for our Prime Minister this morning, many honouring and thoughtful comments to bless him and his family. May he be able to celebrate with them today with cake and ice cream!
God Bless you Prime Minister Harper and God Bless Canada.
Fran Parker & the NHOP Team