Is there hope to bridge the Red-Blue Divide? Many believe that the answer is found in prayer. May 4, 2017, is the National Day of Prayer, a day set aside for people of all faiths to pray for the United States. The annual observance is held on the first Thursday in May and was officially established in 1952 when it was signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.
The chairperson for this year’s event is Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of evangelist Billy Graham and founder of AnGel Ministries. She will deliver the keynote address in Washington D.C Thursday evening. The theme for the National Day of Prayer is “For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear us. . .Forgive us. . .Heal us!”
Prayer has been an important part of our nation’s formation. It was recognized in 1775 as the Continental Congress asked colonists to pray for wisdom as the foundation was laid for a new country. President Lincoln issued a proclamation in 1863 calling for the nation to set aside a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer.” Over the years, there have been 67 Presidential Proclamations for a National Day of Prayer. Last year all 50 state governors signed proclamations for a Day of Prayer. It is estimated that on this day in 2017, 2 million people will attend more than 30,000 National Day of Prayer observances across the country in schools, businesses, churches, mosques, and homes.
As you listen to the video below, you will hear Anne Graham Lotz say, “if ever we needed to pray for this nation, it’s now.” It may be the only hope for the Red Blue Divide. Below is a powerful prayer from Dr. David Jeremiah.
In all history, there has been only one nation like America–founded by Pilgrims seeking freedom to worship, established on a vast continent between two oceans, dedicated to the proposition that we are created equal and endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights: One nation under God.
You have delivered us in war, prospered us in peace, and raised up generations willing to offer their devotion for the preservation of liberty at home and abroad.
We have been a light for the world. From our shores has gone the greatest missionary force in history.
But now, Lord, America has fallen into darkness, disobedience, and indifference.
We have sinned; and we Your people, Lord, humble ourselves, and pray and seek Your face, and turn from our wicked ways.
Please forgive our sin and heal our land.
Give us leaders who understand the times and know what we should do.
May the torch of liberty burn brightly, inflamed by the goodness of Your people.
God bless America.
In Jesus’ Name,
2 Chronicles 7:14