73rd Annual Observance of the National Day of Prayer to Broadcast from Capitol

NRB | April 25, 2024 | Member News

On May 2, Americans will gather across the country in parks, churches, schools, and statehouses to intercede for the nation’s spiritual welfare on the National Day of Prayer.

The National Day of Prayer (NDP) Task Force will broadcast its 73rd annual observance from the Capitol Visitor’s Center Auditorium in Washington, D.C., as well as at thousands of affiliated events around the nation, in all 50 states and two U.S. territories. The gatherings are hosted by more than 18,000 state and regional prayer coordinators.

The theme and focus for 2024 is a call to stand on the truth of Scripture with the phrase: “Lift Up the Word – Light Up the World.” The theme verse comes from 2 Samuel 22.

You are my lamp, O Lord, and my God lightens my darkness. For by You I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him.

— 2 Samuel 22:29-31 (ESV)

“Some may say the world is getting darker,” said Kathy Branzell, NDP Task Force president and member of the NRB President’s Council. “But as long as God’s people are reading and relying on the Word, believing and living His Word, praying and practicing His Word, the world is full of light that exposes and dispels the darkness. The world will get better and brighter if we commit to live out this year’s National Day of Prayer theme, Lift Up the Word, Light Up the World.”

Branzell will host the event alongside co-host Rev. A.R. Bernard, who will lead prayer and give a Gospel presentation during the broadcast. In 2022, Bernard addressed the Opening Session of the NRB Convention.

The broadcast and prayer gatherings will lead participants in prayer for those who lead and those in need across the nation. Prayers will cover seven key areas of influence in America: church, family, education, business, military, government, and media. Leaders from all these areas will pray and receive prayer, including NRB president & CEO Troy A. Miller, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, author and theologian Os Guinness, and many more.

The prayer gathering broadcast will air to the public at 8:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 2. Visit this link on May 2 to view the livestream. NRB members Bott Radio Network, CBN News, GodTV, and NRBTV will feature coverage of the event.

Since 1952, the National Day of Prayer has been observed and celebrated annually, after Congress designated a joint resolution that President Harry Truman signed into law stating that citizens of America are “to turn to God in prayer and meditation.” The first National Day of Prayer observance in 1983 took place at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., and featured Vice President George Bush and Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie as speakers. After President Ronald Reagan set aside the first Thursday of May as the annual observance in 1988, every president since then has issued a proclamation encouraging the people of the nation to come together in prayer.

Join NRB and tens of thousands across the nation next Thursday night in prayer for our nation.

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