I had one year of typing in high school. My typing teacher said my form was so awkward that it looked as if I was trying to fly. Elbows literally flopping in the air like chicken wings. Obviously, a career on the keys of a typewriter was not in my future. I can find my way on the computer well enough to send an email ever so slowly. Perhaps I can recall where each letter is located because of a phrase we had to type in class all those years ago on a manual typewriter. Some of you may know what a manual typewriter is, and even recall typing this sentence: “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.” That sentence contained words utilizing letters designed to enhance recognition and speed in one’s typing skills.
I never have forgotten that phrase and now let me paraphrase. “Now is the time for all good Christians to go to their knees on behalf of their country.” The Bible tells of many of God’s people praying for their nation. Daniel is one of them who stands out as a man of prayer in every situation he faced. When he needed wisdom, he prayed. When he faced the lion’s den, he prayed. When he sought God’s favor for his exiled nation of Israel, he prayed. Daniel’s prayers began with praise: “O Lord, You are a great and awesome God!” Daniel 9:4. Next he confessed and acknowledged sin: “We have sinned against you” Daniel 9:8. He recalled God’s redemptive acts in the past and concluded by asking for mercy: “We make this plea, not because we deserve help, but because of your mercy” Daniel 9:18.
Now is the time and we have an opportunity and an obligation to pray. We are living in an unprecedented time for most of us. America is in trouble. Our communities are hurting, our people are divided, and there is fear and uncertainty all around us. Let’s join together and do the most important thing—pray. Join us for a time of prayer and repentance on September 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM South Main St. in Harrodsburg.