01 May 2016

Thursday May 5, 2016 is our National Day of Prayer!

Posted in Spiritual

Our National Day of Prayer is Thursday May 5, 2016. This day of unity for Christians is held the first Thursday of May each year.

The theme for the 65th annual National Day of Prayer is Wake Up America, emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to return to the God of our Fathers in reverence for His Holy Name.

This year’s scripture focus for the day is Isaiah 58:1

Cry aloud, spare not;
Lift up your voice like a trumpet;
Tell My people their transgression,
And the house of Jacob their sins.

The prayer that all participants will be reading and agreeing upon was written by Dr. Tony Evans, the 2016 Honorary Chairman. This prayer will be read throughout the nation at 11 AM Central time on Thursday May 5th. The effect of this unification will be a wave of prayer flowing from one coast to the other, illustrating the unity of God’s people and acknowledging His dominion over the circumstances facing the nation and the world.

A capture of the full prayer is as follows:*

Dear heavenly Father, we come to You today as a humble people desperate for Your supernatural intervention on behalf of our beloved nation. First, we thank You for all the blessings You have bestowed on our land, blessings that have allowed us to bring so much good and benefit to not only our own citizens but also to the rest of the world. The very ideals upon which this country was founded were based on biblical truths, no matter how some try to rewrite history to deny that very fact today.

This is why our hearts are so broken over how You continue to be marginalized and dismissed by both our people and our institutions. We are also saddened by the fact that Your people have contributed greatly to the spiritual apathy that now engulfs us. Our satisfaction in remaining religious without being fully committed to living out the truths of Your Word has caused us to become co-conspirators with the forces of evil that are destroying us as a society.

It is for this reason that we personally and collectively repent of our carnality and recommit ourselves to becoming visible and verbal disciples of Jesus Christ. 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.

In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

by Dr. Tony Evans

For more information on our National Day of prayer including a link to the audio download of this prayer visit http://www.nationaldayofprayer.org

*Source: http://www.nationaldayofprayer.org/national-prayer

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