Mark Caserta: Remembering media on National Day of Prayer

11 May


Mark Caserta:  Free State Patriot editor






Last week, I was honored to be asked to participate in the National Day of Prayer celebration on the Cabell County Courthouse lawn and lead a prayer for our nation’s media.

Here’s an excerpt for our readers:

“Good afternoon. It’s truly an honor to be here among brothers and sisters who believe in the power of prayer.

“On this National Day of Prayer, we’re not just celebrating a day, but our ability to communicate with God the Father, the Creator of the universe, on behalf of our great country and our great people.

“There’s a progressive movement in our nation that would like to shut down this sort of celebration, under the guise of the 1st Amendment. But, the phrase ‘separation of church and state’ isn’t found anywhere in the Constitution. It does say Congress should make no law respecting one religion over another, but it also says they can’t prohibit the free exercise thereof!

“Why do some wish to shut down events like this? The Bible tells us the effectual, fervent prayer of the righteous availeth much! The left simply doesn’t want prayer influencing their agenda.

“While the National Day of Prayer is a noble day of celebration, it’s important we pray for our nation’s leaders every day.

“It’s equally important to pray for an influential media that report on events relative to leaders and events around the world, as well as right here in our own city.

“So, please bow your heads with me as we pray for our nation’s media on this National Day of Prayer.

“Gracious Heavenly Father, we come before you in the name of Jesus, the Christ, your only begotten Son, who gave his life freely, so we may have life and have it more abundantly.

“We thank you first for your Grace, Love and Mercy. We thank You for every good and perfect gift, as we know it comes from Above.

“Father, we thank you for our nation’s media. Throughout the years they’ve been integral in sharing the Gospel. We’ve been blessed with journalists who’ve honored the principles of journalism and objectively reported truth in a virtuous manner.

“But Father, as the enemy often does, Satan has attacked and prejudiced some media on his behalf. And we know, his only purpose is to steal, kill and destroy.

“Father, we refuse to allow evil to gain or maintain a foothold in our nation’s media. We recognize various attacks across the country and God’s people will not be shaken!

“So, today we take on the whole armor of God on behalf of the media.

“Ephesians 6:11-13 gives God’s people instruction in preparing for battle:

“‘Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.’

“So, Father, prepare us for battle. We take up the shield of faith to quench the enemy’s fiery darts, we take on the helmet of salvation and most importantly we prepare for battle with the sword of the Spirit – God’s Word, which endures forever.

“Father, we know your Word will not return void. Let this day be marked in history as the day we crippled the enemy’s attack on our media.

“And all God’s people say,


Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.


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