On Thursday, many Americans bowed to the Lord to intercede for their communities, their nation, and the world as they celebrated the National Day of Prayer (NDP). 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 Rand Paul (R-KY).
On Capitol Hill, Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-AL) hosted the 2015 National Observance of the National Day of Prayer led by Dr. Jack Graham, this year’s Honorary Chairman and pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, TX. Also speaking were U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rabbi Daniel Lapin, Shirley Dobson, and other dignitaries.
This year’s theme was “Lord, Hear Our Cry,” and centered on I Kings 8:28: “Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.”
In a special prayer written for many to offer up together nationwide yesterday, Dr. Graham prayed:
We come to You in the Name that is above every name—Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Our hearts cry out to You. Knowing that You are a prayer-answering, faithful God—the One we trust in times like these—we ask that You renew our spirits, revive our churches, and heal our land…. We pray for our beloved nation. May we repent and return to You and be a light to the nations. And we pray for our leaders and ask that You give them wisdom and faith to follow You. Preserve and protect us, for You are our refuge and only hope. Deliver us from all fears except to fear You, and may we courageously stand in the Truth that sets us free. We pray with expectant faith and grateful hearts. In Jesus’ name, our Savior. Amen.
Following the NDP National Observance, Dr. Graham and approximately 100 other Christian leaders, joined Dr. Johnson and Chairman Blount at an NRB event to honor our First Amendment freedoms. Among them were NRB Board members John Ankerberg, Phillip Bowen, Tony Hart, and Robert McFarland. The keynote speaker for the event was Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), a longtime voice for freedom and a passionate defender of the U.S. Constitution. In addition, attendees heard from Dr. Johnson and Dr. James Dobson.
“The U.S. Solicitor General’s remarks last week to the Supreme Court that religious liberty is going to be an issue in the wake of same-sex marriage should be a wake-up call for us all,” remarked Dr. Johnson. “I am pleased that Senator Paul, Dr. Jack and Deb Graham, Dr. James and Shirley Dobson, and many other leaders gathered with us to celebrate in solidarity our First Amendment freedom. May we be thankful for it and vigilant to keep it.”
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.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: May 8, 2015