The 65rd annual National Day of Prayer (NDP) is Thursday, May 5, 2016 – a day set aside by Congress in 1988 for citizens to take time out from their daily schedules to pray for their communities, their nation, and their leaders.
Dr. Tony Evans, 2016 National Day of Prayer Honorary Chairman, wrote a special prayer to be simultaneously read throughout the nation on May 5 at noon EDT (11:00 a.m. Central Time). This recitation will create a huge wave of prayer flowing from one coast to the other, illustrating the unity of God’s people and acknowledging His dominion over the circumstances facing us.
Why not join with millions across America to pray this prayer on May 5? By His grace, God will answer when we call. (Psalm 107:28)
Dear heavenly Father, we come to You today as a humble people desperate for Your supernatural intervention on behalf of our beloved nation. First, we thank You for all the blessings You have bestowed on our land, blessings that have allowed us to bring so much good and benefit to not only our own citizens but also to the rest of the world. The very ideals upon which this country was founded were based on biblical truths, no matter how some try to rewrite history to deny that very fact today.
This is why our hearts are so broken over how You continue to be marginalized and dismissed by both our people and our institutions. We are also saddened by the fact that Your people have contributed greatly to the spiritual apathy that now engulfs us. Our satisfaction in remaining religious without being fully committed to living out the truths of Your Word has caused us to become co-conspirators with the forces of evil that are destroying us as a society.
It is for this reason that we personally and collectively repent of our carnality and recommit ourselves to becoming visible and verbal disciples of Jesus Christ. Enable us, by Your Spirit, to no longer be secret agent Christians but rather to publicly declare and live out Your truth in a spirit of love so that You feel welcome in our country once again.
Thank You for Your promise to hear our prayers when we call to You with hearts of repentance and obedience, which is how we are appealing to You today, Father. On behalf of Your church, we affirm afresh the priority You are to us that You would fill every dimension of our lives as we seek to bring You glory through the advancement of Your kingdom in our personal lives, our family lives, and in the lives of our churches and our government leaders. We confidently invite heaven’s intervention into all the affairs of our nation and we praise You in advance for Your answer.
In Jesus’ name we pray.
National Day of Prayer events have been slated throughout the nation. Check with your church, local media, or log onto nationaldayofprayer.com to find a NDP service near you.