May 2, 2013 has been designated as the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer. This is greatly needed this year because of the many problems that our country is facing that have resulted from an erosion of having God’s principles of living and leadership found in the Bible as the foundation for the beliefs and actions of our nation’s leaders and citizens.
According to the official website: www.nationaldayofprayer.org “We have an unprecedented opportunity to see the Lord’s healing and renewing power made manifest as we call on citizens to humbly come before His throne. To echo the words of Mary Washington, mother of our nation’s first president, we believe it is time to ‘Remember that God is our only sure trust.’”
“Our theme for 2013 is Pray for America, emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities, and men. To further highlight our theme, we’ve chosen Matthew 12:21 as our Scripture for this year: ’In His name the nations will put their hope.’”
There will be many ceremonies of this event held in the nation’s capitol, all state capitols, and many other cities for people to gather together to pray for our country. In the Columbia area the prayer ceremony will be held on the north steps of the State House from 12 noon until 1 p.m and then at The First Baptist Church of Columbia from 6:30-7:30 p.m. .
According to the official website there will be a live webcast through the website “from 9:00a.m.- 12:00 noon ET broadcasting LIVE from the Cannon House Building on Capitol Hill. The National Day of Prayer Task Force has partnered, once again, with GOD TV to broadcast this special event, which will be available to millions of viewers in more than 200 countries around the world. The program will also be broadcast on DirectTV channel 365 and streamed LIVE on this website. Look for re-broadcast times.”
“Pastor Greg Laurie, the 2013 Honorary Chairman has written a special prayer to be simultaneously read throughout the nation at noon (EDT). 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. . . . Father, we come to You to pray for our nation, the United States of America.
“How You have blessed us through the years, Lord! We rightly sing, ‘America, America, God shed His grace on thee.’ Yet we see trouble in our culture today. We see the breakdown of the family, crippling addictions, and random acts of horrific violence.
“Lord, we need your help in America. In recent days, we have done our best to remove your Word and Your counsel from our courtrooms, classrooms and culture. It seems, as President Lincoln once said, that we have ‘forgotten God.’ But Lord, You have not forgotten us! You can bless and help and revive our country again.
“Scripture tells us that ’Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people’ (Proverbs 14:34). Lord in Your mercy, we ask that You would exalt our country again. We have had a number of great awakenings in America. We have experienced times of refreshing, and revivals that changed not only the spiritual but also the moral landscape. As the psalmist said, ‘Will You not revive us again, so that Your people may rejoice in You?’ (Psalm 85:6).
“This is our prayer for America today, Lord. Send a mighty spiritual awakening that will turn the hearts of men and women, boys and girls back to You. You have told us if we humble ourselves and pray, and seek Your face and turn from our wicked ways, that You will forgive our sins and heal our land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
“Forgive us today, Lord, and heal this troubled land that we love so much.
“We ask all of this in the name of Jesus Christ.”
For people wanting further information about The National Day of Prayer, locations of prayer services, etc.; they can check the official website: www.nationaldayofprayer.org or call the NDP staff at (800) 444-8828.