Despite a Wisconsin judge’s ruling that struck down the National Day of Prayer, the nationwide event continues for the 59th year pending a stay of the court ruling.
This year’s theme is “For Such a Time as This” and is based on Nahum 1:7: “The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.”
Here are some ways you can join others today in the National Day of Prayer:
You can watch the live webcast from Washington D.C. scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to noon Eastern time today. Speakers include Franklin Graham, Dr. James and Shirley Dobson, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, Archbishop Donald Wuerl, Ambassador Raymond Joseph, Congressman Lincoln Davis, Chaplain Barry Black, Justice Nathan Hecht, Dr. Dick Eastman, Rear Admiral Lawrence Rice, Chaplain Douglas Castle, Vonette Bright, Bobby Little, Dave Butts and John Bornschein. Musical guests include Ricky Skaggs, The Cactus Cuties and Jared Anderson.
Pray privately or with your own group. You can pray your own prayer or pray this prayer written by 2010 National Day of Prayer Honorary Chairman Franklin Graham:
We are thankful for the abundant blessings You have bestowed on America. Our forefathers looked to You as Protector, Provider, and the Promise of hope. But we have wandered far from that firm foundation. May we repent for turning our backs on Your faithfulness.
We pray that this great nation will be restored by Your forgiveness.
From bondage, You grant freedom.
Through Your own sacrifice, You offer salvation.
From the state of despair, You offer peace.
From the bounties of Heaven, You have blessed – not because of our goodness – but by Your grace.
You have given us freedom to worship You in spirit and in truth as Your holy Word instructs. May our lives honor You in word and deed. May our nation acknowledge that all good things come from the Father above.
President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that our nation should set apart a day for national prayer to confess our sins and transgressions in sorrow, “yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon… announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.”
“We have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our own hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own… we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God who made us! It behooves us then… to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”
Help us to pray earnestly for our president and leaders who govern, that they will humble themselves and seek Your guidance so that everything we do will shine the light of Your glory in a darkened world.
May our prayers as a people and a nation be heard and blessed for such a time as this. We make this plea in faith, believing in the mighty name of Jesus our Lord.
Pending the outcome of the appeal, this could be the last year for the event in its current form. If you would like to join others in your support of the National Day of Prayer, you can sign an online petition or contact your congressman.