Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

The 64th annual National Day of Prayer will take place Thursday, May 7, at various spots across the United States. The theme of this year's event is “Lord, Hear Our Cry.” It is true that we, as a nation, talk to God quite often. There is a significant difference, however, between talking to and crying out. A conversation can be had without necessarily conveying a sense of desperate need. To cry out to someone indicates a definite state of weakness and dependency, much like a baby would cry out to its mother when it needs food. Admitting our need is difficult sometimes, though. It feels like we've failed. Prayer, however, is not an admission of failure as much as it is a confession of reliance. We need God to change the hearts of those who would end the lives of unborn children. We need God to counter the hatred that spilled onto the streets of Baltimore recently. We need God to compel our elected officials to govern based on biblical principles. While we should never stop fighting for what is right, it is God who will ultimately win our battles for us. Let us approach this year's National Day of Prayer as a people who have recognized it is time to cry out.