On Thursday, May 4, 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 2017 National Day of Prayer is “For Your Great Name's Sake! Hear Us ...Forgive Us ...Heal Us!” which is inspired by Daniel 9:19.
“If ever we needed to pray for our nation, it’s now,” said Anne Graham Lotz, Chairman of the National Day of Prayer (NDP) Task Force, the privately funded organization that encourages participation on the National Day of Prayer.
“All of us can agree that our nation needs healing. God promises to do so, but on the condition that we pray humbly, seek His face, and turn from our own sin,” she added in a video message. “Will America be healed? We won’t know until we join together and pray.”
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 socioeconomic, political, and ethnic backgrounds in prayer for the nation. At state capitol buildings, in county courthouses, on the steps of city halls, and in schools, businesses, churches, and homes, people stop their activities and gather for prayer.
This year, the National Observance in Washington, D.C., will be held as an evening event, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (ET). In past years, the observance was held in the morning.
The upcoming event will be streamed live, and the link to the stream will be posted at the bottom of the National Day of Prayer home page under “2017 Media.” Lotz will give the keynote address.
To learn more, or to find a National Day of Prayer event in your community, visit www.NationalDayofPrayer.org.
By NRB Staff
Published: April 27, 2017