|For Immediate Release Contact: Kelly A. Stokoe
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER IS A NATIONAL DISGRACE
May 2 is the 50th Annual National Day of Prayer (NDP). Under the
guidance of Chairman Shirley Dobson of Focus on the Family, Christians
across America will be praying for our national leaders and beseeching
God to provide protection, peace and direction for America.
What’s wrong with that?
Plenty, says Martin Zender, author of How to Quit Church
without Quitting God. Dubbed "Martin Luther in
Hiking Boots," this iconoclast charges something’s rotten in
pew-land and NDP is merely the most prominent current example.
What are Zender’s objections to NDP?
National Day of Prayer is scripturally incorrect. Its
foundational prayer is taken out of context. NDP’s prayer, beseeching
the Israelites to, "…Seek My face and turn away from their wicked
ways," was a specific prayer that was relevant thousands of years
ago. One explicit condition was that supplicants were to pray toward
Solomon’s temple, which no longer exists. In other words, the
entire foundation of NDP is built on a false premise, which makes
it out-of-touch, out-of-date and erroneous for 2002.
Secondly, Jesus condemned public prayer when He said,
"Go into your own room, shut your door and pray to your Father
privately". NDP directly contradicts Christ’s command.
According to Zender, "The entire premise of NDP is that God
responds to numbers, and that He doesn’t know what He should do unless
we tell Him—loudly and repeatedly. Rather than man needing help from
God, NDP assumes that God needs help from man."
Thirdly, NDP runs contrary to the most powerful prayer in the Bible,
"Thy will, not my will, be done." Shirley Dobson and her
adherents say they want what God wants, but nobody bothers to ask Him
what that might be.
Finally, NDP doesn’t work. Shirley Dobson has lamented in Focus
on the Family, "We (The United States) are known as No. 1 in
violent crime, No. 1 in divorce, No. 1 in teen pregnancies in the
Western world, No. 1 in voluntary abortions, No. 1 in illegal drug use,
and No. 1 among industrial nations in illiteracy".
Strange situation for a nation praying like crazy.
Indiana author Martin Zender is an experienced media
personality whose book, How to Quit Church without Quitting God: 7
Good Reasons to Escape the Box, is revolutionizing how we understand
Martin is available for interview please call Kelly A.
Media kits and review copies available on request.