On Thursday, May 7, millions across the nation will be taking time out of their daily schedules to intercede on behalf of their communities, their nation, and their leaders.
Each year, people gather across the nation at more than 60,000 local community events to pray together for America on the National Day of Prayer, the annual national observance established in public law in 1952 and observed publicly on the first Thursday in May.
Due to the coronavirus crisis and resulting economic shutdown, this year’s National Day of Prayer will not be canceled nor postponed – but will look very different from years past.
This year, in addition to virtual events being held in communities across the nation such as the one being hosted by the Presidential Prayer Team, The National Day of Prayer National Observance Broadcast will take place on May 7 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET. It will be broadcast, streamed, and posted in many ways including on Facebook Live; on television on GodTV, Daystar, NLC, and BrioTV, among others; and on radio through the Moody and Bott Radio Networks.
Will Graham, evangelist for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the grandson of the late Billy Graham, will co-host the national observance broadcast with National Day of Prayer Task Force President Kathy Branzell.
Among those who will be leading the nation in prayer are Nick Hall, Harry Jackson, Andrew Palau, Luis Palau, Rick Warren, Billy Wilson, and more.
“Unprecedented times call for unprecedented prayer!” exclaimed Branzell. “This year’s ‘virtual’ National Day of Prayer Observance may have more prayer – and more ‘pray-ers’ than ever before!”
This year’s theme, “Pray God’s Glory Across the Earth,” is based on Habakkuk 2:14, which states, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”
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 national observances are held from sunrise in Maine to sunset in Hawaii, uniting Americans from all socio-economic, political, and ethnic backgrounds in prayer for the nation.
To learn more, visit www.NationalDayofPrayer.org.
By NRB Staff
Published: April 30, 2020