“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James 5:16

Today is Yom Kippur! For the average person in America, this day all but goes unnoticed. In fact, if it were not for the mention of Israel by our President at the U.N. yesterday and a brief conversation with my sister-in-law of those events, I would never had realized the significance of today.

You see, today is Yom Kippur . . . the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people, also known as Day of Atonement. It is a day set aside by thousands to worship and seek God.

In addition, this day has been set aside for another purpose. Set aside not for religious purpose or personal notoriety. Instead, this day was set aside for prayer. Thousands, if not millions, around our country and worldwide met this morning at their schools flagpole to pray for their nation, their schools, their families and each other! A holy day indeed!

God’s people rose to meet with Him! They met the eastern sky with arms raised in worship and praises given to the most High, to God Eternal, Immortal . . . to the One who loves us and yearns for His children to “come unto me, all who are weary and heavy laden, (to) give them rest.”

When the righteous cry out, lift their voices high to God Eternal, He listens!! It’s a story, a Truth through the ages, a Truth that never fails! He hears – He listens – He answers!

Today can be a day of atonement for you – speak to the One who knows you better than you know yourself! And in your righteousness through Him, your prayers are filled with power! And through His power, they are guaranteed effective!

by:  Mark Cruver

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