National Day of Prayer Unites U.S. in Prayer in Tumultuous Times
Throughout the six decades since Congress established an annual U.S. National Day of Prayer (NDOP), untold millions of Americans have come together every year to express humble reliance upon Almighty God. On May 3, 2012, U.S. citizens will once again gather to lift their nation and leaders before the Lord.
In doing so, believers pay tribute to the example set by the nation’s founding fathers and by presidents down through the years who have exhorted the American people to seek God’s help and deliverance during trying times. As Abraham Lincoln presided over a war-torn land, he called on his fellow citizens to take part in a day of fasting and prayer, making this statement:
. . . it is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon, and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history: that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord . . . .
Continued Urgent Concerns John Bornschein, vice chairman of the NDOP Task Force, explains the importance of united prayer: “We continue to face unabated moral decline, economic turmoil, military conflicts, and the ever-increasing assaults against our religious liberty. Given these urgent concerns, it’s imperative that we remain on our knees in contrite supplication for the United States.”
The National Day of Prayer Task Force has chosen One Nation Under God as the 2012 theme. The inspiration is found in Psalm 33:12, which offers this important reminder: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”
Dr. David Jeremiah, founder of Turning Point and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church, serves as this year’s honorary chairman. Shirley Dobson continues to serve as national chairman, a role she has played since 1991.
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