Tomorrow is National Day of Prayer, so it seems appropriate to take this time to consider what that means. The National Day of Prayer belongs to all Americans and all religious affiliations. The website, www.NationalDayOfPrayer.org, states, “It is a day that transcends differences, bringing together citizens from all backgrounds.”
As Christians, we have opportunity to declare the sovereignty of our God and our dependence on Him. We want Americans to personally encounter the God who rules over this country. Afterall, our pledge of allegiance recounts that we are “one nation under God”, and our currency states that it is “in God we trust”. God is the One who gave His people this promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray (emphasis mine) and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
In an upcoming Prayer Rocks, DHPC member, Carol Young, shares a great suggestion regarding 2 Chronicles 7:14 – Pray for our country each day at 7:14am and 7:14pm! Consider setting your calendar alerts or phone alarm for 7:14am and 7:14pm as a reminder to pray on May 6, 2021 in honor of National Day of Prayer. But do not feel like you must stop there – continue daily 7:14am and 7:14pm prayer for our nation – just imagine what God can do for our good and His glory! God calls us to pray in 2 Chronicles 7:14 and praise God we have the freedom to openly do so. May we not waste the privilege to pray for our nation and its leaders.
Let us humble ourselves and cry out to the Lord:
Almighty Father and God, indeed, You are our God and Your sovereignty extends over all things, including the United States of America. Keep us mindful that no matter what we see happening in our country, Your relevance and Your dominion cannot be diminished. Your word reminds us that “the king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He will.”
And so we, as believers in You, are pleading with You to have mercy upon us. Give us leaders who have a regard for You; leaders who will regard Your name as holy, holy, holy. And who will understand that in whatever office they hold, they are to be Your servants, for You have ordained them. Guard them from decisions that would damage people, damage America, damage Your church.
O God, we pray that our leaders will lead with grace, honor, truth, and love - seeking the very best for our nation. May the weight of leadership drop them to their knees with sincere humility and unprecedented openness to You. Let Your righteousness prevail in their hearts. May they always be aware that they have been elected to serve and not to be served. Our hope is in You, Lord, not in our leaders. We lift them to You.
Gracious Father, thank You for the privilege of living in this land that You have blessed so bountifully. You pour Your providential care upon us in our land’s natural resources, and it is filled with opportunity and promise. Yet keep us mindful that our earthly blessings are not our greatest need, for the greatest blessing we have is in Christ Jesus! Therefore, we ask that You bring new life to Your church and its people as image-bearers of Your Son. We know that begins with repentance in our own house and in our own churches as we plead with You to have mercy upon us as a nation, as a people.
Help us to repent of the pride and selfishness that often seems to prevail. Oh, that our actions would consistently reflect your decrees! Revive our spirits! Lord of new beginnings, help us to manifest a knowledge of You – in an infectious way – that will cause a humble confession of the need for You and Your righteousness to sweep across this nation. Cause the light of Christ to be set ablaze with great glory and intense brightness in our land.
Hear the prayers of Your people, O God. We ask these things in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. ... See MoreSee Less
Desert Hills is proud to have FHSQ as our first Artists in Residence allowing the two organizations to support and promote each other through live music.
Meet Donna Wilde (tenor) who has incredible vocal talent as well. When she’s not playing with the FHSQ, you can find her performing with her duo WildeP’lay at many of the top music venues around metro Phoenix.
Welcome to the concert! We are glad you are joining us this afternoon for the Fountain Hills Saxophone Quartet.
Meet Jeffrey Anthony (soprano) the newest member. He is also an organist and an admitted handbell enthusiast, making him the official ding-dong of the group.
Meet Dale Nelson (baritone) who does the heavy lifting for FHSQ hauling around the largest saxophone. He is affectionately referred to as The Badgerer due 10% to his alma mater and 90% to his unparalleled ability to badger the rest of them into practicing.
Meet the Quartet!
Meet Heather Baldwin (alto) known as “the Captain” for her status as a U.S. Army vet. She currently supports her Starbucks habit by teaching piano and writing professionally.