National Day of Prayer

National Day of Prayer

Thursday, May 7

National Day of Prayer 
Today is the designated National Day of Prayer. It is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congresand signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. One of the major functions of the organization leading this cause is to share and communicate with everyone the need for personal prayer. They are founded in the belief and understanding that this country was born out of prayer and respect for God.  

Lord, we exist to give You glory. We exist 
because of Your glory, and in Your glory, as 
our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. We 
give you thanks and praise for every breath
and moment You have given to us. We 
repent of our sin; for the shameful things 
we have done against You and for our 
silence when we did not speak up to
proclaim Your Name, profess Your Word, 
or protect and practice Your will.
We ask Your forgiveness. 
We pray that the knowledge of the glory of 
the Lord will spread across our nation and 
the entire earth as we seek Your Kingdom
and righteousness; as we walk in
obedience to You, and in humble unity,
love one another. Jesus, the Bible says that
You are “the knowledge of the glory of the
Lord.” You have taught us to pray,
commanded us to love, and commissioned
us to share Your gospel of grace. Your
glory fills our hearts and families, it
overflows into our neighborhoods, 
workplaces, campuses, churches,
entertainment, and media. We give thanks 
for our military and ask that Your glory 
would spread to, and through them as they
preserve freedom around the world. We
pray for our government, that all of our
leaders and laws would be filled with Your 
glory, that they would magnify Your Holy 
Word and honor Your will and ways. We 
pray that Your grace and glory would
spread to bring hope to the hopeless, and
love where there is hurt and hate. God, use 
us as we pray your promise, that “the earth
will be filled with the knowledge of the
glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”
In Jesus Name, Amen!

Kathy Branzell 
President, National Day of Prayer Task Force