On May 5, 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 USCIRF Chairman Dr. Robert P. George.
On Capitol Hill, Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) hosted the 2016 National Observance of the National Day of Prayer led by NRB member Dr. Tony Evans, this year’s Honorary Chairman. Also speaking were U.S. House Chaplain Patrick Conroy, U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), NRB members Dr. James and Shirley Dobson, Anne Graham Lotz, and other dignitaries. Shirley Dobson, who served as Chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force for the past 25 years, announced earlier in the week that she was stepping down from the role. Succeeding her will be Lotz, who served as the 2014 Honorary Chairman.
This year’s theme for the National Day of Prayer was “Wake Up America,” and centered on Isaiah 58:1a: “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.”
In a special prayer written for many to offer up together nationwide on Thursday, Dr. Evans prayed, in part:
Enable us, by Your Spirit, to no longer be secret agent Christians but rather to publicly declare and live out Your truth in a spirit of love so that You feel welcome in our country once again.
Thank You for Your promise to hear our prayers when we call to You with hearts of repentance and obedience, which is how we are appealing to You today, Father. On behalf of Your church, we affirm afresh the priority You are to us that You would fill every dimension of our lives as we seek to bring You glory through the advancement of Your kingdom in our personal lives, our family lives, and in the lives of our churches and our government leaders. We confidently invite heaven’s intervention into all the affairs of our nation and we praise You in advance for Your answer.
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.
More on the National Day of Prayer and the Capitol Hill observance are available at www.nationaldayofprayer.org, including links to other regional observances.
By NRB Staff
Published: May 6, 2016