Participate in the National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 2
This Thursday, May 2 marks the 62nd annual observance of the National Day of Prayer. On this first Thursday of May, which is set aside each year by presidential proclamation, people from every corner of the nation will join together at churches, courthouses, businesses, schools, and other venues to seek the face of God and lift up our nation in prayer. I hope you’re already making plans to be a part of it.
We don’t have to look past the morning and evening news headlines to realize that we are a nation in great need of prayer. Families are crumbling. Marriage is on the verge of redefinition. Religious freedom is under fire. Judeo-Christian values are under assault from every direction. Millions are hurting and hopeless without Jesus Christ. If ever there has been a time our nation has needed prayer, it is now.
It is altogether fitting, then, that the theme for this year’s National Day of Prayer, organized by the National Day of Prayer Task Force, is “Pray for America.” The theme Scripture passage captures well our hope and our need: “In His name the nations will put their hope” (Matthew 12:21).
America is facing God-sized problems requiring God-sized solutions. What our nation desperately needs is a heaven-sent revival among God’s people that will lead to a spiritual reformation in our land. This is not going to happen without God’s people getting on their knees before Him. But we must petition God according to His guidelines:
“If…My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:13-14)
So I hope you will mark your calendar for May 2 and make plans to participate in the National Day of Prayer. To find out more information, please visit the National Day of Prayer’s website here. You can also find a location near you to join with others in prayer on May 2.
May God bless you, your family, and this great land called America as we turn to Him in prayer.
In His Service,
Dr. Richard Land
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
Southern Baptist Convention