Dayton Christian Celebrates National Day of Prayer
Dayton Christian School celebrated National Day of Prayer today with a 6 1/2 – hour reading of God’s word and prayer for our families, the military, our government leadership, our churches, education, the media, and business.
Classes met in the C1 lobby and students individually read from the Psalms and the book of Daniel. They then moved into room C111 to pray for each of the areas listed above.
This year’s theme for the annual event is “It’s time to get serious” and centers on the ninth chapter of Daniel, especially verse 19: “Oh LORD, listen! O LORD, forgive! O LORD, hear and act! For your sake, O my God!”
Tavie Holliday, a DCES third grade teacher who mobilizes the school for National Day of Prayer every year, explains the background for the day’s theme.
“In Daniel chapter nine, Daniel gives his attention in prayer and begins humbly bowing before his Lord God, the Great awesome God who keeps His covenant and keeps His lovingkindness, the God to whom righteousness belongs. Then Daniel prays for his people to seek God.
In this prayer, he confesses that the people have acted wickedly, rebelled, even turned aside from following the commandments from Moses. The unfaithful deeds committed against God, the disobedience to the voice of the Lord, brought calamity (through the fall of Jerusalem and the Babylonian captivity).
Why do I participate in and facilitate National Day of Prayer events at DC? Because I believe that my God owns compassion and forgiveness! I hope that this day will leave upon the hearts of our DCS family the fingerprints of our Righteous and Holy God who moves in the lives of people. I by faith will seek the favor of the Lord our God so that our administrators, teachers, staff, students, and families will give attention to our freedom to publicly pray and worship God. I pray that by hearing the everlasting truths publicly read, bowing in prayer that even the creation will praise our Great God.
In Daniel 11, it says they who know their God stand firm and take action. I want students at DC to know their God, stand firm on the whole counsel of His Word and when it is needed take action, no compromise.”
God listen to the prayers of your people, answer for Your Great Name’s sake! Lord, let your face shine on our desolate hearts that are so easy to stray. O God, incline, bend low Your ear and hear our feeble cry. Open up Your eyes and see us, we are helpless without you. We come before you with no good acts that merit your favor, only Your great compassion. O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action, do not delay You are our only hope! Amen.