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National Day of Prayer on Capitol Hill

Yesterday, May 1, Americans around the nation celebrated the National Day of Prayer. NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson and NRB Chairman of the Board Bill Blount were pleased to visit with a number of NRB members in Washington in honor of the day, including at an NRB First Amendment event headlined by U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).

On Capitol Hill, Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-AL) hosted the 2014 National Observance of the National Day of Prayer led by Anne Graham Lotz, this year’s Honorary Chairman and daughter of well-known evangelist Dr. Billy Graham. Also speaking were U.S. House Chaplain Patrick Conroy, Congressman Mike McIntyre (D-NC), former Congressman Bob McEwen (R-OH), Dr. James and Shirley Dobson, Vonette Bright, and other dignitaries.

This year’s theme was “One Voice, United in Prayer,” and centered on Romans 15:6: “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

In a special prayer written for many to offer up together nationwide yesterday, Mrs. Lotz prayed: 

In response to our heartfelt repentance, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Father of Jesus Christ, in keeping with all Your righteous acts and according to Your promise, turn away Your anger and Your wrath from the United States of America. Hear the prayers and petitions offered to You on this National Day of Prayer, as we give You our full attention. Give ear, our God, and hear; open Your eyes and see. We do not make requests of You because we are righteous, but because of Your great mercy. For the glory of Your Name hear our prayer, forgive our sin, and heal our land.

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.

  • Find out more about the National Day of Prayer and the Capitol Hill observance at www.nationaldayofprayer.org, where one may also find links to other regional observances.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: May 2, 2014

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