Do You Pray for Your Contracts?

May 7, 2009 on 9:33 pm | In The Profession | Comments Off

Have you ever heard someone say, about a coworker who was taking on a significantly challenging task, that “He doesn’t have a prayer?” The obvious meaning is that even calling on your deity will not assist you in achieving your objective. Have you ever read a contract and had that same feeling? Would you normally pray for your contracts? And why would I ask such a ludicrous question?

Before you think me gone mad, or that I am one of those “loony Christians” (which by the way I am – Christian, that is. The jury is still out on the loony part,) let me assure you that my questions are quite reasonable – especially today. Today is the National Day of Prayer.

If you look at the history for the National Day of Prayer you find that it dates WAY back to the earliest days of our country’s founding.
1775 The First Continental Congress called for a National Day of Prayer.
1863 Abraham Lincoln called for such a day.
1952 Congress established NDP as an annual event by a joint resolution, signed into law by President Truman.
1988 The law was amended and signed by President Reagan, to be the first Thursday in May.

In honor of this day in 1982, Ronald Reagan sad, “Today, prayer is still a powerful force in America, and our faith in God is a mighty source of strength. Our Pledge of Allegiance states that we are ‘one nation under God,’ and our currency bears the motto, ‘In God We Trust.’ The morality and values such faith implies are deeply embedded in our national character. Our country embraces those principles by design, and we abandon them at our peril. Yet in recent years, well-meaning Americans in the name of freedom have taken freedom away. For the sake of religious tolerance, they’ve forbidden religious practice in the classrooms. The law of this land has effectively removed prayer from our classrooms. How can we hope to retain our freedom through the generations if we fail to teach our young that our liberty springs from an abiding faith in our Creator?”

Powerful words. This blog is too short to go through the presentation I often make in classes about whether or not America is a “Christian Country,” but suffice to say that Christian themes have predominated in our collective view of the underlying principles on which our country was founded. And even the use of “Christian” is being co-opted, much like other words that we learned in grade school, but today have completely different meanings. One of the preferred monikers now is “Follower of Jesus.” Seems people have abused the true meaning of Christian to the point that it is no longer a badge of honor and statement of the moral values you try to practice. Too much has been done in the name of Christianity for it to maintain its proper place of reverence in our vocabulary. And prayer is not unique to the Christian faith.

Regardless of your religious leanings (or lack thereof) most Americans believe in the power of prayer. And if you have a contract that seems hopeless, think about praying about it. It just might help.

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