Originally written for Shepherd of the Ridge Lutheran Church, apply these ideas to your local context.
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Today is the National Day of Prayer, regardless of the controversy wherein a judge ruled the day unconstitutional. If you’re upset about that ruling, you can write a letter to an elected official. Your letter may or may not get read.
That said, you have a much better opportunity. While a government representative may be able to handle your grievances, you have a greater Advocate. You see, God loves you. He promised to hear you. We don’t deserve to be heard by Him, being rebellious sinners, but because Jesus took our place on the cross, He takes our concerns to the Father.
And unlike a government official who can’t possibly read and respond to every request, God wants to listen and does. Think how often you’d write to the president if you thought he’d actually read and consider your thoughts. Now think how much greater God is, and He eagerly waits to hear from you and hangs on your every word.
But you don’t need a day decreed by the president to take advantage of this opportunity. God listens every day. Like an earthly father, He wants to be in conversation with us, to hear about our day. And even though He already knows, like my daughter telling me what she learned in science class, He just likes to hear it from us. Anytime. Take advantage of that!