Today (May 2, 2013) is the National Day of Prayer; a time when we as a nation pause from the partisan back-and-forth and remember that in order to accomplish great things for our people, we must turn to God and ask His blessings on what we are doing, and for His guidance and direction. Psalm 33:12 is the verse that is used as the motto for the National Day of Prayer: “Blessed is the Nation whose God is the LORD, the people He chose for His inheritance.”

I am reminded that at our final Prayer luncheon of the 2013 Legislative Session, our guest speakers were Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves and our Capitol Prayer and Ministry Foundation Chairman, Ben B. James, Jr., of Prentiss Baptist Church. They did not coordinate their addresses ahead of time but they were both very similarly aligned with this message which I think is completely apropos for this National Day of Prayer. The message was that we as believers and public servants should focus on Sacrifice, Service and Salvation. We should practice sacrifice in the fact that we place others’ needs before our own. We should offer service to those less fortunate than ourselves and to those who do not have the power to speak or advocate for themselves. Finally, we know that Salvation comes only from God through our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ. I believe that these words of wisdom are noteworthy and bear repeating every day, but especially on this special day of prayer.

The Capitol Prayer and Ministry Foundation Chairman, Ben B. James, Jr., would like to ask all the readers of Y’all Politics to join with us on bathing our local communities, state and nation in much prayer on this day. We would also remind the people of the promise of 2 Chronicles 7:14 which states: “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Let us pray together and begin a wonderful day of healing in our land. Have a blessed National Day of Prayer.

Sen. Joey Fillingane