The National Day of Prayer is held annually in the United States on the first Thursday of May.
The Bible calls us the Body of Christ and calls us to prayer every day. Here in the United States, the government calls us to prayer just one day a year, The National Day of Prayer. There are three ways everyone in the Body of Christ can get involved this year. This has been an opportunity for us in the United States since 1952. However the Bible has always encouraged both national as well as individual repentance.
“If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
Prayer not only brings us closer to God it brings us closer to each other. The Body of Christ has the unique responsibility to call on God to forgive us of our sins and restore us to the Nation that was founded on His name.
Here's our suggestion from Faith Dialogue
#1 Go to your local church and pray!
Jesus said, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.” (Mark 11:17) Think what it would be like if our churches across our cities, counties, states and the nation each became known as a house of prayer! Talk with your pastor, make sure that there is some opportunity for your congregation to gather and pray on Thursday, May 4th. Go with your family and friends! Post the name of your church and any activity here!
#2 Pray in Jesus Name!
Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matthew 18:20) All too often, Christians are intimidated to pray in public in Jesus name. This is unfortunate as we have assurance of God’s presence and his provision when we pray in the name of Jesus. On May 4th, use the hashtag #PrayInJesusName along with any @NationalPrayer social media tags you may be using on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. Let people know you are praying for the country, for our leaders, our nation and for persecuted Christians worldwide. One of the reasons we encourage people to pray IN THEIR CHURCHES is because there you have your church family and you have the tradition of praying in the Name of Jesus.
#3 Tell Others!
Our First Amendment gives us religious liberty including the ability to exercise our faith in public, at work and in our schools. Wear a cross on a chain, your shirt, your label or on your hat! Wearing a Cross or Crucifix has been determined a “reasonable accommodation” for employers and other institutions. If we don’t exercise our religious liberties, we will eventually lose them.
The National Day of Prayer was established to communicate clearly with every American the need for personal repentance and prayer.
It’s time we demonstrate the unity of the Body of Christ by coming together and praying on America’s National Day of Prayer.
Join us in helping spread the word! Tell your church, tell your friends.