Monday, May 4, 2015

How to Participate in the National Day of Prayer--May 7, 2015


The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 7th. Its purpose “is to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture” (National Day of Prayer Task Force, 2015, para. 1).


                                    (BRaps, September 2, 2014)

It is a reminder of the foundation on which America was established; albeit, America has had to work on perfecting her righteousness. Over the decades, many of our government leaders recognized the need for prayer for our nation. A national day of prayer was signed into law by President Harry S. Truman, and President Ronald Reagan established the first Thursday in May as the official day to recognize a national day of pray.                                                      
                                                                                                 
This year, Dr. Jack Graham is the Honorary Chairman for National Day of Prayer.

(National Day of Prayer Task Force, February 9, 2015)


Dr. Jack Graham's Prayer for the National Day of Prayer--

"Heavenly Father,

We come to You in the Name that is above every name—Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Our hearts cry out to You.

Knowing that You are a prayer-answering, faithful God—the One we trust in times like these—we ask that You renew our spirits, revive our churches, and heal our land.

We repent of our sins and ask for Your grace and power to save us. Hear our cry, oh God, and pour out Your Spirit upon us that we may walk in obedience to Your Word.

We are desperate for Your tender mercies. We are broken and humbled before You.

Forgive us, and in the power of Your great love, lift us up to live in Your righteousness.

We pray for our beloved nation. May we repent and return to You and be a light to the nations. And we pray for our leaders and ask that You give them wisdom and faith to follow You.

Preserve and protect us, for You are our refuge and only hope.

Deliver us from all fears except to fear You, and may we courageously stand in the Truth that sets us free.

We pray with expectant faith and grateful hearts.

In Jesus’ name, our Savior.
Amen."                                            

(National Day of Prayer, 2015, National Prayer)


What you can do to participate in National Day of Prayer?

  • You can find an event by going to National Day of Prayer website, entering your zip code, and selecting an event to attend.
  • You can host your own event:
    • Set a goal: Do you want to pray specifically for America, her leaders, your neighborhood, your city, those who manage the organization for which you work?
    • Set a time.
    • Set a location: workplace, neighborhood, flag pole, nursing home, hospital, school, church, civic center, park, and/or correction facility.
    • Decide who will pray: Consider using Dr. Graham's prayer, inviting a member of the clergy to pray, or taking on the task yourself.
    • Announce it: Send out emails, texts, flyers, Facebook/Twitter posts, or make phone calls.
      • Get your neighborhood, church, children, and/or co-workers involved.
      • Purchase signage and t-shirts.
    • Decide on an agenda for the event (short or long):
      • song(s)
      • reading of scriptures related to prayer
      • the prayer that supports your goal
      • a word of encouragement to expect God to answer the prayer
    • Keep it alive: Don't commit to once a year. Instead, develop a community prayer outreach program with volunteers who go to nursing homes, hospitals, correction facilities, and recreation centers to spread the hope that prayer brings.
    • Start planning for next year.

How has prayer affected your life? This is the story in you. Share it.


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References

Matty BRaps. (September 2, 2014). Cyndi Lauper--True colors. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXmaE0041Y0

National Day of Prayer Task Force. (February 9, 2015). Jack Graham on the 2015 National Day of Prayer. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OWdRxcvAyA

National Day of Prayer Task Force. (2015). National day of prayer . Retrieved from http://nationaldayofprayer.org/

National Day of Prayer Task Force. (2015). National prayer. Retrieved from http://nationaldayofprayer.org/


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