| National Day of Prayer
(For the week of April 2 – 8, 2006)
FROM THE NATIONAL PRAYER EMBASSY, HERE IS TODAY'S PRAYER ALERT:
THE FIRST THURSDAY EACH MAY IS THE OFFICIAL NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
ON MAY 4H THIS YEAR MANY SPECIAL PRAYER VIGILS AND RALLIES
ARE BEING PLANNED FOR CITIES AND TOWNS ACROSS OUR NATION.
SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL GATHER AROUND THEIR FLAGPOLES FOR 7 A.M. PRAYER.
CITIZENS WILL GATHER AT THEIR CLOSEST CITY HALLS OR OTHER GOVERNMENT
BUILDINGS FOR NOON HOUR PRAYER.
THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND ESPECIALY
IN THE EVENING OF MAY 4TH MANY COMMUNITIES WILL HOLD JOINT CHURCH
SOME ARE ORGANIZING PRAYER TOURS USING VEHICLES
TO PASS THE MAIN BUILDINGS ASSOCIATED WITH THE GOVERNMENT, MEDIA,
ECONOMY AND MILITARY IN EACH COMMUNITY, USING THEM AS REMINDERS
TO PRAY FOR EACH SPECIFIC REALM OF CONCERN.
LET’S PRAY ABOUT
ALL OF THIS TODAY:
"FATHER GOD, WE THANK YOU FOR HELPING US TO BRING FORTH ON
THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER THOSE FERVENT AND EFFECTUAL PRAYERS BASED
ON YOUR WORD AND MULTIPLIED IN UNITY THAT WILL AVAIL MUCH GOOD FOR
OUR NATION AND WORLD.
WE THANK YOU LORD FOR GOOD WEATHER LEADING
UP TO AND ON MAY 4TH TO FACILITATE ALL OF THE OUTDOOR PRAYER MEETINGS
THAT WILL BE HELD.
WE THANK YOU LORD FOR HELPING ALL THOSE WORKING
NOW TO ORGANIZE AND PROMOTE PRAYER MEETINGS FOR THE NATIONAL DAY
OF PRAYER, IN JESUS’ NAME, AMEN!"
FOR FUTURE ALERTS, CALL 1-800-828-PRAY OR WWW.NATLPRAYEMB.ORG
(For the week of April 16 – 22, 2006)
FROM THE NATIONAL PRAYER EMBASSY, HERE IS TODAY'S
THE FIRST THURSDAY EACH MAY IS THE OFFICIAL NATIONAL
DAY OF PRAYER IN AMERICA.
TRADITIONALLY THE PRAYERS ON THIS DAY
HAVE EMPHASIZED OUR GOVERNMENT LEADERS AND MILITARY FORCES, BUT
IN RECENT YEARS PRAYER HAS BEEN INCREASINGLY DIRECTED TOWARD OUR
CHILDREN, SCHOOLS, FAMILIES AND THE INFLUENCE OF THE ELECTRONIC
MEDIA, ESPECIALLY TV.
THE AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION, WHICH FOCUSES
ON OPPOSING EXCESSIVE SEX, VIOLENCE AND ANTI-CHRISTIAN VALUES IN
THE MEDIA, HAS ORGANIZED FOR THE PAST 15 YEARS A NOONTIME PRAYER
RALLY ON THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER CALLED, "MEET AT CITY HALL."
PEOPLE GATHER AT THEIR LOCAL CITY HALLS OR OTHER GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS
AND PRAY, EITHER ON SIDEWALKS ON IN THEIR CARS, EITHER INDIVIDUALLY
OR IN GROUPS, FROM 12:20 P.M. TO 12:40 P.M., FOR MORAL REBIRTH IN
"FATHER GOD, YOUR WORD DECLARES THAT WHERE SIN ABOUNDS, GRACE
DOES MUCH MORE ABOUND, SO WE LOOK FORWARD TO AN EVEN GREATER REVIVAL
IN OUR LAND THAT WILL OVERCOME WHAT THE DEVIL HAS MEANT FOR EVIL
AND TURN IT FOR GOOD, AND CAUSE THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LORD TO FILL
ALL THE EARTH LIKE THE WATERS COVER THE SEA.
WE THANK YOU LORD FOR
JESUS’ BLOOD, WHICH COVERS OUR NATION AND OUR PLANET NOW,
AND GIVES US PEACE AND TRUTH AND MORAL REBIRTH AND STRENGTHENING
IN OUR GOVERNMENT LEADERS, OUR MILITARY FORCES, OUR CHILDREN, OUR
SCHOOLS, OUR FAMILIES AND MEDIA, IN JESUS’ NAME, AMEN!"
FOR FUTURE ALERTS, CALL 1-800-828-PRAY OR WWW.NATLPRAYEMB.ORG
For 2006, Shirley Dobson of Focus on the Family and the National
Day of Prayer Task Force are featuring Henry Blackaby as their keynote
speaker at their Washington, D.C. observance of the National Day
of Prayer on Thursday, May 4th.
This event is usually held in the 3rd floor caucus room of the
Cannon House of Representatives Office Building on the south side
of the U.S. Capitol.
In addition, a four-day outdoor continuous Bible Read-a-Thon and
Prayer Meeting will be held on the West Steps of the U.S. Capitol,
ending with a joint church prayer rally at 5 P.M. - 8 P.M. on Thurs,
May 4. Many other related prayer rallies will also be held across
America on that date.
For more information: ph. 719-268-4801 www.nationaldayofprayer.org
In recent years Mrs. Dobson and the National Day of Prayer Task
Force have urged that prayers like the following be read out loud
together by individuals and groups across our nation at federal,
state, county and city halls, post offices, military bases, public
and private schools, churches, workplaces, etc., at 12 noon on the
National Day of Prayer.
Prayer tours in vehicles have also been organized in recent years
by those observing the National Day of Prayer, for individuals and
groups to read prayers like this one, and from our National Prayer
Embassy Prayer Handbook, out loud together, while passing sites
such as those listed above.
PRAYER FOR OUR NATION by Henry Blackaby--2006
Oh Heavenly Father,
You have made Yourself known to us as a nation by Your mighty works
throughout our history. From the beginning, You have been with us
through many wars and conflicts; Your right arm has saved us. We
have been amazingly and graciously blessed.
Today, we confess our sin of not responding to Your right to rule
in our lives and our nation. Too often we have despised and rejected
Your will while imposing our own, and we are now facing the consequences
of our disobedience. Draw us back to Yourself that we may return
to Your ways once again. Without You we can do
nothing. You have promised that if we honor You, You will once again
honor this great nation.
That is our fervent prayer. For your honor and glory we pray, Amen.
PRAYER FOR OUR NATION by Max Lucado--2005
Not unto us, but to You, O Lord, goes all the glory. We depend on
You. You give birth and breath and determine our days. You make
every nation and set every boundary. We exist by your power.
We exist for your glory. Showcase Your power through this land.
Display your justice in our courts, wisdom in our governments, guidance
in our schools and love in our homes.
Have mercy upon our sins. We have disrespected your word, disregarded
your gifts, discarded your children. We are sorry. Forgive us, dear
Grant strength to all our leaders. May they serve you first and
honor you most. Remind us of the brevity of this life and the beauty
of the next. Prepare our souls
for the day we meet you in eternity.
This we pray in your holy name. Amen.
For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary
May 5, 2005 President Commemorates National Day
of Prayer at the White House The East Room
9:26 A.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, and welcome to the White House. Laura
and I are honored to join you on this important occasion.
I want to thank Shirley Dobson, the chairman of the National Day
of Prayer. Thank you for organizing this event and thank you for
your wonderful comments.
glad to see you brought your husband, Jim, with you. (Laughter.)
It's good to have Vonette Bright with us, welcome. I appreciate
my fellow Texan, Max Lucado, for
his wonderful prayer. Thank you very much; welcome. I'm glad you
and Denalyn are with us. Rabbi, thank you for your reading of the
psalm. It's good to have your
family here; welcome. I appreciate Father Charles Pope, pastor of
St. Thomas More Catholic Church, here in D.C. Kind of sounded more
like a Baptist preacher to me. (Laughter and applause.)
Laura and I are proud Methodists and we're pleased to be here with
Bishop Peter Weaver, who is the president of the Council of Methodist
Bishops, who will deliver the closing prayer. Thank you.
It's such an honor to be here with the St. Olaf Choir led by Anton
Armstrong. You've got such beautiful music, thank you for sharing
with us. (Applause.) I'm sure they're having a prayerful moment
right now -- (laughter) - praying that I hurry up and finish because
they have been standing for quite a while. (Laughter.)
The National Day of Prayer is an annual event established in 1952
by an Act of the United States Congress. Yet, this day is part of
a broader tradition that reaches back to the beginnings of America.
From the landing of the pilgrims at Plymouth Rock, to the launch
of the American Revolution, the men and women who founded this nation
in freedom relied on prayer to protect and preserve it.
Today, prayer continues to play an important part in the personal
lives of many Americans. Every day, millions of us turn to the Almighty
in reverence and humility. Every day, our churches and synagogues
and mosques and temples are filled with men and women who pray to
our Maker. And almost every day, I am given a special reminder of
this great generosity of spirit when someone comes up and says,
President, I'm praying for you.
Prayer has been an important part of American public life, as well.
Many of our forefathers came to these shores seeking the freedom
to worship. The first Continental Congress began by asking the Almighty
for the wisdom that would enable them to settle things on the best
and surest foundation. And when our Founders provided that sure
foundation in the Declaration of Independence,
they declared it a self-evident truth that our right to liberty
comes from God.
And so we pray as a nation for three main reasons. We pray to give
thanks for our freedom. Freedom is our birthright because the Creator
wrote it into our common human nature. No government can ever take
a gift from God away. And in our great country, among the freedoms
we celebrate is the freedom to pray as you wish, or not at all.
And when we offer thanks to our Creator for the gift of freedom,
we acknowledge that it was meant for all men and women, and for
Second, we pray for help in defending the gift of freedom from
those who seek to destroy it. Washington prayed at Valley Forge.
Franklin Roosevelt sent American troops off to liberate a continent
with his D-Day prayer. Today, we pray for the troops who are defending
our freedom against determined enemies around the globe. We seek
God's blessing for the families they have left behind, and we commit
Heaven's care those brave men and women he has called home.
THE PRESIDENT: Finally, we pray to acknowledge our dependence on
the Almighty. Prayerful people understand the limits of human strength.
We recognize that our plans are not always God's plans. Yet, we
know that a God who created us for freedom is not indifferent to
injustice or cruelty or evil. So we ask that our hearts
may be aligned with His, and that we may be given the strength to
do what is right and help those in need. We who ask for God's help
for ourselves, have a particular
obligation to care for the least of our brothers and sisters within
During the funeral for Abraham Lincoln, Bishop Matthew Simpson
relayed a story about a minister who told our 16th President that
he hoped the Lord was on
his side. Lincoln wisely replied that he was more concerned that
he was on the side of the Lord, because the Lord was always on the
side of right.
Freedom is a divine gift that carries with it a tremendous human
responsibility. The National Day of Prayer is a day that we ask
that our nation, our leaders and our people use the freedom we have
been given wisely. And so we pray as Americans have always prayed:
with confidence in God's purpose, with hope for the future, and
with the humility to ask God's help to do what is right. Thank you
for coming. May God bless. (Applause.)
END 9:32 A.M. EDT