Peter and Helen Evans edit the Politics and Prayer website.
We read comments on this blog and also hear people complaining that “the Bishops should proclaim…” a Day of Prayer or March for Life or any number of semi-public events. Let us suggest that we don’t have to wait for a proclamation. We don’t have to wait to be told what to do. Various cities around the United States are having their own March for Life, people regularly dedicate a day for prayer and fasting or hold vigil outside an abortion clinic, and invite anyone who wants to pray – even non-Orthodox – to join in. When you think about it, you probably don’t want the Church council, or any other committee, involved to water down the event.
Therefore, organize the event yourself, and then ask for a blessing. We Orthodox can stand in church, the public square, in municipal buildings and witness our faith, then ask for a blessing. We do not have to wait for a proclamation, just ask for a blessing.
In the coming months are several events including the National Bible Marathon (http://www.dcbiblemarathon.org/Home.html). You can plan one in your state capitol, city hall or even town flag pole and then ask for a blessing. Start out with just a few people and it will grow. You might even help grow your church!
The National Day of Prayer is coming up in May (http://nationaldayofprayer.org/). We must not let prayer be driven out of the public square. Plan your own and then ask for a blessing. Advertise in your church bulletin but also in Craigslist, Facebook and your other favorite social networking sites, on bulletin boards in supermarkets and coffee shops, pass out flyers to friends. Your event will grow over time. If you plan an event for the National Day of Prayer, post it on their website, it will definitely draw people.
The Spirit moves in our lives from the inside outwards, not just from the top down. Don’t wait for a proclamation, ask for a blessing.