By Peter Denby ,Jr.

"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." (Matthew 5:14-15)

This year's World Day of Prayer will be held on Friday March 03. Many Christrian Organizations will be having special services and events.  We would encourage all Christians to make sure that you observe this day with prayer.

The National Day of Prayer is right around the corner. May 4, 2000, will mark its 49th consecutive observance.

In 1951, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas affirmed that "we are a religious people and our institutions presuppose a Supreme Being." However, on June 25, 1962, the Supreme Court shockingly removed prayer from the public schools. Bible reading in school was banned in 1963. Posting the Ten Commandments in schools became illegal in 1980.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 reminds us to "Pray without ceasing."  The United States must change and return to a waiting, patient, loving Lord. 2 Peter 3:9 tells us this when it says "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."  A first step would be a return to prayer.

What will your church (and you) be doing on March 3 and May 4, 2000? Prayer is part of our national heritage. Would you consider joining millions of Americans and intercede for our nation and the world?

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