More News on National Day of Prayer

Karen Spillman, Lighthouse Intercessor’s Ambassador for America  is also the National Day of Prayer Coordinator for Cleburne, TX.  Here is her report!

Here are the praises and answers to prayer:
 
1. This is from the Cleburne Newspaper.  I have been praying for the schools and all of these churches.  4 of the 5 participated in last years NDP (not spanish speaking church).  
Baccalaureate Service Added to Graduation Activities

For the first time in more than 20 years, an optional Baccalaureate Service will be included in Cleburne High School’s graduation activities.
 
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Hosted by Field Street Baptist Church, the service honoring the CHS Class of 2012 will take place May 31 from 7-8 p.m. in the church sanctuary. The inter-faith service will include Cleburne Bible Church, St. Mark United Methodist Church, Primera Iglesia Bautista y Emanuel and Bethel Temple in the makeup of the evening’s program. Dr. John Hall, pastor of Field Street Baptist, will bring the message.Graduates, parents, grandparents, family and friends are invited to this optional event, which by tradition, serves as a celebration to honor high school and/or college graduates. The service will take place the evening before graduation exercises, which are set for June 1 at Jacket Stadium beginning at 8 p.m.
 
2. The covenant purpose for Johnson County is Healing.  Less than 1 week after the Sunday Lighthouse Intercessors Prayer call with the focus of Healing we had an awesome prayer time with the Secure Texas Initative calling forth the covenant purposes of our county. 
 

On Thursday, May 10, 2012, just one week after a record turnout for the National Day of Prayer across the country, when millions gathered from coast to coast to unite in prayer, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that the governor’s proclamation for a state Day of Prayer violates the Constitutions’ provisions for religious liberty. The Colorado Court of Appeals also requested that a trial court decide if a governor should be prohibited from making such proclamations in the future, as well as a permanent ban on state prayer events. The judges did not weigh the National Day of Prayer proclamations, which federal courts have ruled are constitutional.

 

This case began in 2008 against former Governor Bill Ritter by a small group of atheists headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. Judge Mullins of the District Court in Denver, Colorado, initially dismissed the case on October 28, 2010, declaring “…there is nothing controversial about a restatement of a right protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution…the proclamation [does] not have the force and effect of law, and even if [it] did, the language does not support the foundation for a state religion, but only an acknowledgment of the rights of the citizenry as recognized as far back as the Declaration of Independence.”

 

If Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Colorado Attorney General John Suthers do not appeal this decision to the state Supreme Court, it is likely there will be national impact as a direct result.

 

The National Day of Prayer has been deeply rooted in America’s history since 1775. More than 900 public proclamations have been recorded since that time, and 34 of our 44 presidents have made such declarations. In 1952, a bill unanimously passed by Congress was signed into law by President Truman setting aside an annual National Day of Prayer.  And, in 1988, legislative steps were taken by Congress and President Reagan to establish the first Thursday of May as the specific day for the observance each year. However, prayer is also deeply rooted in Colorado’s history. In fact, the first proclamation calling on Coloradans to pray was in 1905 when Governor Jesse F. McDonald stated that we should “turn to the Lord in prayer…for His mercies, and for a continuation of our present happy condition in the future; and do earnestly request that, in our homes and houses of worship, we humble ourselves before Him, with gratitude and love in our hearts, and endeavor to cultivate within us the Christ-like spirit.”

 

With this ongoing assault on the National Day of Prayer, as well as our hard-won religious liberties, we must remain faithful in prayer, and we hope millions will continue to join our NDP Task Force to that end.  George Washington, our first President, stated that “It is our duty as a people, with devout reverence and affectionate gratitude, to acknowledge our many and great obligations to Almighty God, and implore Him to continue and confirm the blessings we experienced.”  Other presidents and government leaders have echoed these sentiments throughout our country’s history. Prayer is an indispensable part of our heritage, and as citizens, we must not become complacent or grow weary in our commitment to interceding for our nation during this pivotal and challenging time.

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