On Thursday, May 5, millions will assemble at thousands of local National Day of Prayer events across the nation, taking time out of their daily schedules to intercede on behalf of their communities, their nation, and their leaders.
The theme for the 2016 National Day of Prayer is “Wake Up America,” which emphasizes the need for every citizen to wake up to the reality of the challenges that our nation faces and to call upon the unfailing character of God, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities, and men.
To further highlight this theme, event organizers have selected as the Scripture for this year Isaiah 58:1a, which states: “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.”
“At this crucial crossroads in our country’s history, Americans need to be in prayer,” exclaimed Shirley Dobson, Chairman of the National Day of Prayer (NDP) Task Force, the privately funded organization that encourages participation on the National Day of Prayer. “Much is at stake regarding sanctity of life issues, traditional marriage and the ultimate moral course of our culture. Through the intercession, love and support of those who believe in our cause, we can make a difference.”
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance of prayer for the nation dating back to a call in a joint resolution of Congress signed into law by President Harry S. Truman in 1952. Every year, local, state, and federal observances are held from sunrise in Maine to sunset in Hawaii, uniting Americans from all socio-economic, political, and ethnic backgrounds in prayer for our nation. It is estimated that more than two million people have attended more than 30,000 observances – organized by approximately 40,000 volunteers. At state capitols, in county court houses, on the steps of city halls, and in schools, businesses, churches, and homes, people stop their activities and gather for prayer.
“In recognition of the fact that Almighty God continues to shed His grace on the United States, we urge Americans everywhere to come before Him corporately in earnest prayer,” remarked John Bornschein, Vice Chairman of the NDP Task Force.
“In so doing, may we thank Him for the blessings He has freely bestowed upon us; petition Him for direction and sustenance as we confront the challenges ahead; and acknowledge, in the sight of every nation on earth, our conviction that freedom and liberty are gifts of inestimable worth, handed down directly to us by our loving Creator,” Bornschein added. “It is time to Wake Up America and to submit ourselves before the King of kings in repentance. May He hear our prayers, forgive our sin and heal our land.”
This year, Dr. Tony Evans has accepted the role as Honorary Chairman for the National Day of Prayer, and will give the keynote address at the National Observance in Washington, to be held at the Cannon House Office Building. Dr. Evans has served as the Senior Pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship for nearly four decades, has authored more than 100 books, is the Founder and President of The Urban Alternative, and can be heard on more than 1,000 radio outlets through his daily radio broadcast.
“A passionate call to prayer requires a passionate leader to champion its cause,” Dobson remarked, noting that Dr. Evans has already written a powerful prayer for the nation.
“This prayer will be simultaneously read throughout the United States at noon (ET) on the 65th annual National Day of Prayer,” Dobson reported. “This recitation will create a huge wave of prayer, flowing from one coast to the other, illustrating the unity of God’s people and acknowledging His dominion over the circumstances facing us.”
To learn more, or to find a National Day of Prayer event in your community, visit www.NationalDayofPrayer.org.
By NRB Staff
Published: April 21, 2016