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What does it take for God to answer prayers?

8 May 2012 No Comment

The National Day of Prayer is a long-standing part of America’s history. It was established in 1755 to help the Continental Congress request religious help from the 13 colonies to pray for strength and guidance during America’s founding. Ever since that date, the call to prayer has occurred every single year through America’s history transcending President Lincoln’s presidency in 1863 and beyond. President Truman, in 1952, in conjunction with Congress, codified the National Day or Prayer.

About 26 years later, in 1988, federal legislation was changed and authorized by President Reagan to permanently set the Thursday of every May as the National Day of Prayer. Ever year since the law was changed and signed into law, the current president signs an annual proclamation that encourages everyone in America to pray on the National Day of Prayer.

In response the National Day of Prayer, many people ask, which god do they pray to? Since there are many religions and their followers, there are many names for their respective gods. While there are well over a 100 different names or references, here are some of the following names that people may pray to on the National Day of Prayer: Ahura, Apollo, Chaurn, Luna, and many more. Others do concede that there are many Gods, but there is only a single creator and everyone is essentially praying to this single entity or being during the National Day of Prayer.

Many people pray on the National Day of Prayer because they are devoutly religious and they like to follow America’s religious and historical traditions. Others may simply pray on this day in conjunction with this day because it is a coincidence. Others may take this day and use it as a turning point in their life to become more religious and become more connected with their own god, America, and the   influence religion has had on America’s founding and history.

Many people believe that praying to one’s god will have their prayers answered in an unknown manner. Other believe that prayers are answered all the time, while other people believe that one’s prayers may or may not be answered, but one will never know the final outcome. Many people have had this debate during the National Day of Prayer regarding the efficacy and response to one’s prayers.

In addition to private citizens celebrating the National Day of Prayer, the government has had countless debates over it and these debates have been featured in the media. There has always been countless challenges and rebuttals by both sides of the debate regarding whether to make or more or less prominent that it really is. Some people believe it should be emphasized less or not at all because of the separation of church and state. Others believe the National Day of Prayer should be emphasized more. People who believe it should be emphasized more is because of it’s historical and religious significane. No matter what one believes the National Day of Prayer is part of America’s history and will always be so.

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