Family Research Council

Prayer Targets: National Day of Prayer


April 30, 2014

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

Dear Praying Friends,

I am still in Israel, in a study program at Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and International Study Center in Jerusalem. Today our focus is on the National Day of Prayer with an update on Israel. Regular Prayer Team Targets will return next week when I return to the U.S.

National Day of Prayer - Tomorrow, May 1, 2014, the 63rd annual National Day of Prayer will be observed by believers across America and by people who love America around the world. Upwards of 40,000 prayer gatherings will take place in the U.S. - in churches, city squares, county courthouses and other public and private places. The annual National Observance of the Day will take place at the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, EDT. The Capitol Hill event will be broadcast live on DirecTV channel 365; God TV, and the National Day of Prayer Website.

The theme for this year's National Day of Prayer is "One Voice, United in Prayer," based upon Romans 15:6, "So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."

The Honorary Chairperson of this year's observance is Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Evangelist Billy Graham, who has followed in her father's shoes as a gifted speaker. She will deliver the keynote address for the event.

National Day of Prayer Task Force is urging those who will be leading prayer gatherings across the nation to unite around a simple model prayer. Read and hear the model prayer, offered by Anne Graham Lotz, HERE.

After opening remarks by longtime Chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, Shirley Dobson, Rabbi Jonathan Cahn will offer a scripture reading and prayer. Cahn wrote the widely read The Harbinger, a dramatic warning of the judgments America could face if, after the wake-up call of 9/11/2001, our leaders attempt to rebuild our land on foundations of pride, self-determination and natural strength instead of repentance, faith and obedience to God. Cahn is also speaking at our Watchmen on the Wall Briefing in May.

Besides these, speakers and prayer leaders will include Dr. James Dobson, Mrs. Bill (Vonette) Bright; Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.); former Rep. Bob McEwen (R-Ohio); Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.); Pastor and Worship Leader Don Moen; Father Patrick Conroy, Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives; Dr. Dick Eastman, International President of Every Home for Christ; Rev. Dave Butts, Chairman of the National Prayer Committee, and many more.

Click here to find a National Day of Prayer Event in your area! Click here to watch the live National Event, webcast from Washington, D.C., beginning 9 AM EDT Thursday morning.

A Resolution passed by Congress in 1952 and signed into law by President Harry Truman established the National Day of Prayer as an annual observance. In 1988 Congress revised the law to specify the day to be observed as the first Thursday of May each year.

U.S. Code (Pub. L. 105-225, August 12, 1998, 112 Stat. 125) declares: "The President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals.: The President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals."

This morning, Wednesday April 30th, FRC hosted the Annual National Day of Prayer Task Force's by-invitation-only men's study and prayer meeting at our national headquarters in Washington, DC. Leading the event were Dr. James Dobson, Founder and President of Family Talk, Pastor Steven Khoury, Holy Land Ministries, Danny Cahill of Biggest Loser fame, FRC President Tony Perkins, Dr. Kenyn Cureton, and John Bornschein, Vice Chairman, National Day of Prayer Task Force. You are invited to view this special event here. Tony (beginning) and Dr. Dobson's (ending) brief remarks were especially noteworthy.

If you will be coming to Washington to participate in the National Observance on Capitol Hill, you may wish to stay until late afternoon to attend the multi-ethnic, multi-racial, multi-denominational, Capital Region National Day of Prayer observance, led by Dr. Corinthia Boone.

It will be held on the West Lawn of the Capitol beginning at 4:00 PM, ending at 6:30 PM.

  • Heavenly Father, You have promised that if we will humble ourselves, pray, seek Your face, and turn from our wicked ways, You will hear our prayers, forgive our sins and heal our land. Lord, stir your people as we gather to pray tomorrow. Grant us broken hearts of true repentance for our own sins, the sins of our leaders and our fellow countrymen. Anoint us to pray and seek Your face. May we find You and your mercy! Please work the kind of miracles that are needed across America to turn us back to You and make it possible for You to keep Your promise to then heal our land. Heal men, women, boys, girls and families that are broken from sins so prevalent in out day! Please have mercy and heal their land (Ex 18:21; Dt 30:1; 9-20 Kg 8:12-61; Pr 21:1; Joel 1:14; 2:12-18; Acts 1:8; 2 Chr 6-7; Heb 1:8-14; 2 Pet 1:1-12; Jude 7).

Please pray, too for the Watchmen on the Wall Pastors Briefing May 21 thru 23 and Call2Fall June 29th! Thank you for praying!