National Day of Prayer Task Force Transforming our Nation Through Prayer Thu, 08 Oct 2015 18:10:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A Timeless Perspective Mon, 05 Oct 2015 15:32:57 +0000 As the First World War raged in Europe, P.T. Forsyth noted in The Soul of Prayer how people had developed deeper interest in prayer. But in a chapter called “The Timeliness of Prayer,” Forsyth addressed a larger frame of reference:

The real power of prayer in history…is the corporate action of a Savior-Intercessor and His community, a volume and energy of prayer organized in the Holy Spirit and in the Church the Spirit creates… True prayer…is in the most organic and vital context of affairs, private and public, if all things work together, deeply and afar, for the deep and final kingdom of God.

In times of conflict we naturally pray for peace on earth. Yet in God’s righteous and final judgment, the problems of this life will quickly fall away. Our only concern then will be for our citizenship in His eternal kingdom in heaven.

P.R.A.Y. for Today

Praise God for His sovereignty over our world, and for His assured victory over evil; repent of any ear of evil you’ve had or any failure to trust Him; ask for His peace; yield to Him by offering encouragement to others who seem fearful or insecure.

– Shirley Dobson, Chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force

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See You at the Pole Thu, 17 Sep 2015 23:18:29 +0000 SeeYouAtThePole_2015See You at the Pole™, the global day of student prayer, began in 1990 as a grass roots movement with ten students praying at their school. Twenty years later, millions pray on their campuses on the fourth Wednesday in September.

See You at the Pole™ is simply a prayer rally where students meet at the school flagpole before school to lift up their friends, families, teachers, school, and nation to God. It is a student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led event. However, parents, churches and families are encouraged to participate but to learn more, and to get involved, visit


The See You at the Pole Story

A small group of teenagers in Burleson, Texas, came together for a DiscipleNow weekend in early 1990. They came seeking God and little did they know how powerfully He was about to move. On Saturday night their hearts were penetrated like never before, when they became broken before God and burdened for their friends. Compelled to pray, they drove to three different schools that night. Not knowing exactly what to do, they went to the school flagpoles and prayed for their friends, schools, and leaders. Those students had no idea how God would use their obedience.

God used what He did among those teenagers and others who were holding similar prayer meetings at their schools to birth a vision in the hearts of youth leaders across Texas. The vision was that students throughout Texas would follow these examples and meet at their school flagpoles to pray simultaneously. The challenge was named See You at the Pole™ at a brainstorming session during a meeting of key youth leaders. The vision was shared with 20,000 students in June 1990 at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas.

Only God had envisioned how many students would step up to the challenge. At 7:00 a.m. on September 12, 1990, more than 45,000 teenagers met at school flagpoles in four different states to pray before the start of school. Reports came into toll-free number for days after the first event.

A few months later, a group of youth ministers from all over the country gathered together for a national conference in Colorado. Many of them reported that their students had heard about the prayer movement in Texas and were equally burdened for their schools. No other events had been planned, but it was clear that students across the country would be creating their own national day of student prayer. There was no stopping them.

On September 11, 1991, at 7:00 a.m., an estimated one million students gathered at school flagpoles all over the country. From Boston, Massachusetts, to Los Angeles, California, from North Dakota to the tip of Texas, students came together to pray. Some sang, some read Scripture, but most importantly, they prayed. Like those first students, they prayed for their schools, for their friends, for their leaders, and for their country.

As in all great movements of prayer, See You at the Pole™ did not begin in the hearts of people. It began in the heart of God. God used the obedience of a small group of teenagers to ignite what has become an international movement of prayer among young people.

Since 1991, See You at the Pole™ has grown to God-sized proportions. Within the first few years, the movement began to spread to other nations through missionaries from the U.S. Now each year, more than 3 million students from all the world participate in See You at the Pole™. Students in more than 20 countries take part. In places like Canada, Korea, Japan, Turkey, and the Ivory Coast, students are responding to God and taking seriously the challenge to pray.

God is continuing to call His people to repentance and prayer. Countless inspiring testimonies of how He has used See You at the Pole™ to bring students to Christ and to change lives affirm God’s power to answer those who cry out to Him in humble dependence. Bible clubs, weekly prayer meetings, and other ministries have begun on campuses where students participated in See You at the Pole™. Get involved at

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President Calls for Prayer Fri, 11 Sep 2015 14:52:27 +0000


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Fourteen years ago, the peace of a beautiful morning was broken. The events of September 11, 2001, left a permanent mark on the spirit of every American, and our Nation is forever changed. Nearly 3,000 precious lives were taken, and their loved ones were forced to face an unthinkable grief. As we pay tribute to the innocents we lost and the first responders who put themselves in harm’s way — some even giving their own lives for their fellow citizens — we also recognize the families whose love abides, and we reaffirm the truth that resonates in the heart of our Nation: that we will never forget that day.

Guided by a steadfast belief in the power of good over evil, people from every corner of our country came together in the aftermath of the attacks to lift each other up and restore our communities. Bound by a common sense of hope, Americans united across faiths and traditions to reject hate and work together toward a better future.

In memory of those we lost, we resolved to shape a world where events like those of September 11, 2001, could never happen again, and we see this unbreakable spirit live on every day across America. We see it in the courage of first responders who carry the memories of fallen partners with them as they continue safeguarding their communities — prepared to make the same sacrifice for us all. We see it in the gleaming New York City Freedom Tower, which rose high where the buildings once fell. We see it in the example of extraordinary bravery set by the men and women who fought back in the Pennsylvania sky. We see it in the legacy of those killed while serving in the Pentagon, which is reflected in the enduring courage of our troops, veterans, and military families. We see it in the selflessness of all those who sacrificed to bring justice to those responsible, and who continue to defend our liberty. And as a result, we will forever march forward as a stronger people, under God and indivisible, toward a brighter day.

As we solemnly reflect on those taken from us too soon by acts of depravity, let us continue to stand with their loved ones and recommit to forging a tomorrow where the sun sets on an America that knows everlasting freedom, security, and peace.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 13, 2015, as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance. I ask that the people of the United States honor and remember the victims of September 11, 2001, and their loved ones through prayer, contemplation, memorial services, the visiting of memorials, the ringing of bells, evening candlelight remembrance vigils, and other appropriate ceremonies and activities. I invite people around the world to participate in this commemoration.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this tenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.


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The Holy Days Tue, 08 Sep 2015 20:17:47 +0000 September is a month of great importance throughout Biblical History. It is a season of repentance and restoration. For thousands of years, the Holy Days have pointed to the Messiah, Jesus Christ, and His return. So, it is important to understand the calendar to better understand the signs and the times. Here is a brief summary of what to expect this month:

September 14: Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets) (begins evening of September 13 – with a partial solar eclipse prior to the feast beginning) – this will end the seventh year of the Shemitah. This seventh year comes to an end on September 13, 2015 (elul 29), only to be immediately followed by a Jubilee (50th) year beginning September 14, 2015.

Jewish people still observe Rosh Hashanah as their New Year, which marks the beginning of what is alternatively called the “Ten Days of Repentance,” or the “Days of Awe.” These are the ten days of introspection and preparation for the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)

September 23: Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) (begins evening of September 22).

September 28 – October 4: Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) (begins evening of September 27) A Blood Moon will occur on September 28 (final of the 4 blood moons during the Shemitah year).

See Exodus 23, Leviticus 23-25 and Deuteronomy 15-16 for references.

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What Comes Next? Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:24:03 +0000 Chalk writing - What's next words written on chalkboardUniversities facing lawsuits unless they remove their chaplains. Christian bakers, florists and photographers being fined and vilified in the press for their conservative views and practices. Soldiers court-martialed for promoting Biblical values. Restaurants owners confronted with denial of their lease because of their belief in traditional values.The religious symbols and traditions that have made our country a shining light in a dark world now disregarded and even disdained. First Amendment freedoms being challenged and eroded by militant anti-faith groups. What comes next?

Last year, the Family Research Council posted an expose titled, “Hostility to Religion: The Growing Threat to Religious Liberty in the United States.” It documents hundreds of additional examples of religious discrimination, including the suppression of religious expression in the public square, as well as in schools and universities, the censure of religious viewpoints regarding sexuality, and the suppression of religious expression on sexuality using nondiscrimination laws.

This raises questions for those of us who must chart a course through an increasingly hostile society.

Where are the anchor points in a nation that seems to be adrift and no longer concerned or committed to our Judeo-Christian heritage?
Should any citizen of the Unites States be forced by the government to violate his or her deeply held religious beliefs?
How should we respond?
These once hypothetical discussions have now turned into harsh realities for people of faith, and they are serious matters of one’s conscience. Martin Luther, the leader of the Protestant Reformation, said, “To act against conscience is neither right nor safe.”

Lest you think the concept is only important to religious leaders, these are the words of Thomas Jefferson, principal author of the Declaration of Independence and touted by progressives for his alleged views on the separation of church and state:

“No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority” (to New London Methodist, 1809).

“It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others; or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own. It behooves him, too, in his own case, to give no example of concession, betraying the common right of independent opinion, by answering questions of faith, which the laws have left between God and himself” (to Benjamin Rush, 1803).

“We are bound, you, I, and every one to make common cause, even with error itself, to maintain the common right of freedom of conscience” (to Edward Dowse, 1803).

The government’s role is to protect the Constitutional rights of individuals, not infringe upon them. Should a Jewish baker be forced to make a cake with a Nazi swastika? Or an atheist to do so with an image of the crucifixion? A gay person to inscribe, “God hates homosexuality?” Or a vegan restaurant owner forced to serve meals with meat? No! No! No! A thousand times, “No!” These may seem like insignificant concerns to some; however, the road is being methodically paved at an alarming rate. Thankfully, Members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus and the American Prayer Caucus Network are working tirelessly through their legislative leadership to ensure that citizens will not be trampled by those who seek to strip us of religious freedom.

Msgr. Charles Pope, pastor of a vibrant parish community in Washington, D.C. and Johnette Benkovic, Founder and President of Women of Grace, point out in a sobering article, that religious persecution takes place in five stages. What about Christianity in America? First, as the authors suggest, there are attempts to stereotype the targeted group – check! Second, there is a justification for hatred of the particular group – check! Third, the targeted group is marginalized in society – check! Fourth, the targeted group is criminalized, including their places of worship, businesses and educational institutions – check! Finally, there is outright persecution and even death – may! it never come to this, but are we ready to be fully engaged?

The days ahead are likely to require a shift from rhetoric to principled action. Are you prepared when it comes to your faith and conscience? May God grant us all the heart and determination of Joshua when he said, “…choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Josh. 24:15).

In Truth,

Lea Carawan

Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation

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The Power of Prayer by Alex Kendrick Wed, 12 Aug 2015 16:25:41 +0000 Alex Kendrick

Alex Kendrick

There is power in prayer. We grew up in a praying home, we’ve attended praying churches, and we’ve seen God answer countless specific prayers over the years.

When we were in high school our father and a few trusted friends believed God was leading them to launch a new Christian school in our area. To get started, of course, they needed desks, books, and the right location. But with little money, what they needed more than anything was faith. And prayer.

During those early days of the school, we watched how God rapidly guided and provided. A local church agreed to house the school and allow their facilities to be remodeled for the purpose. A local business donated free lumber. A volunteer ministry team from Tennessee showed up to help with construction. Within weeks, new classrooms and offices were completed. Another school called and offered books, desks, and chairs.

The timing was unbelievable. Soon we had students sitting in new classrooms, with books in their hands and teachers in front of them. Our father went on to serve as headmaster for two decades, watching the Lord continue to provide what was needed year after year. In the fall of 2014, the school celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary, having impacted thousands of students and families for Christ through the years.

We witnessed answered prayers like these all the time. In 2002, following in our father’s footsteps, we were privileged to launch a Christian movie ministry at our church with no money, no professional experience, and no film school training. But we knew God could provide what we needed. And with the support of our church, we laid every need before Him in prayer. We had to write the scripts, find the right actors, secure the right equipment, pull off the entire production, and then obtain distribution.

God provided everything we needed at every level. Each of the five movies we’ve been part of producing has resulted from a long string of specifically answered prayers. We know we would have failed otherwise.

In our office we’ve created a “Wall of Remembrance.” Numerous framed pictures serve as visual reminders of God’s provision, each representing a clearly answered prayer. Among them is a picture of Alex as a young college student with a dream to make movies for the Lord. Another features a two-year-old orphan in Nanjing, China, that God guided Stephen and his wife to adopt. One shows a forklift on a train track that just happened to be nearby one of our movie sets, sitting idle behind a man’s house, right when we needed it. One other picture is of three brothers with their arms around each other, smiling, taken years after our father had prayed we would all be working together someday. Each picture represents a story of God’s faithfulness in our lives. It’s overwhelming to see them all together.

Incredible provision. Unbelievable direction. Impossible odds. The list goes on.

We know prayer works. We can’t deny it at this point. And we don’t want to. Answered prayers aren’t merely highly unlikely coincidences. They are fingerprints of a living, loving God who invites all of us to draw close to Him, the One who made us and “is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:27–28 nkjv).

We ask you to pray for us and for the film WAR ROOM as it opens on August 28th. We believe God has a mighty plan for how he will use this film and we pray that His will be done.
War Room – In Theaters August 28

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Answered Prayers Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:37:51 +0000

America’s faith leaders are endorsing Answered Prayers!

Dr. Jack Graham, 2015 Honorary Chairman of the National Day of Prayer, and many other faith leaders from across America are praising the inspirational new TLC series Answered Prayers presented by Roma Downey.

Don’t miss the stories of hope and inspiration, Sunday at 1/12c on TLC, to experience the raw faith, hope and perseverance that can only come from the power of prayer!

Answered Prayers

Join the Facebook Answered Prayers community for updates on the new TLC series airing Sundays 1/12c. Together we can start a movement!

Follow along with the series while strengthening your own relationship with Christ by downloading the official prayer guide.

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Million Window Campaign Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:24:27 +0000 “In God We Trust” is more than just our national motto – it’s our country’s foundation and part of our identity as Americans. Since the U.S. Congress passed Resolution 13* with an overwhelming 396/9 vote in November, 2011, reaffirming our national motto and encouraging its public display, elected leaders and citizens have taken action to display “In God We Trust” in government buildings, courtrooms, schools and businesses.


You can join thousands and thousands of other Americans who are affirming their trust in God – and the freedom to proclaim it – by displaying this removable 4”x5” window cling decal in your home, office or vehicle.

Will you join us? Order your window cling today. Proceeds will support the Congressional Caucus Foundation and our Troops. Click here to learn more >>

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Prayer Bus Rally Tour 2015 Wed, 22 Jul 2015 20:30:02 +0000 The Prayer Bus Rally Tour 2015 will travel 5,915 miles through 24 states to 43 campuses. Join us on location to pray.

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Pray for Life Thu, 16 Jul 2015 21:02:08 +0000 natldayofprayer_forlifeWill you pray for life this summer?

Join thousands of fellow believers and pray for the unborn, those who work in the abortion industry, and mothers and fathers considering abortion.

“Scripture clearly calls us to protect and defend the innocent, and that most certainly includes the unborn,”  said Brian Fisher, Founder and President of Online for Life. “While we should come together to pray for God’s blessing on our country, we cannot expect God to bring revival when we allow an estimated 1.2 million babies to be aborted within our shores every year. Abortion is primarily a spiritual issue, and it is, bar none, the predominant challenge for the American Christian today.”  (

In an effort to bring this national tragedy into greater focus, Online for Life has created an online prayer community dedicated specifically to praying to end abortion in America.

According to Online for Life’s website, prayer is focused on the following topics:

1) A time of prayer for organizations such as Online for Life, which seeks to reach abortion-determined women through messages of hope. Participants will also lift up the staff at the nearly 50 participating life-affirming pregnancy centers in 23 states, who love and care for the abortion-determined people that OFL sends their way.

2) Intercessors will be challenged to pray for those who have already made the decision to have an abortion at some point in their life. These women often experience physical, emotional and spiritual trauma and need prayer, forgiveness, support and a warm embrace from Christ-followers to heal.

3) Prayers will be said for the doctors, nurses and staff who work in abortion clinics. Participants will pray specifically that God softens their hearts and removes the scales from their eyes so they may be set free from the bondage of the abortion industry.

4) Prayer participants will be challenged to intercede on behalf of activists who participate in life marches across the country, and for those who consistently pray outside of abortion clinics. They will ask God to encourage and strengthen them so they may continue to boldly live out their mission.

5) Likewise, participants will spend time praying for those who work to end abortion through the legislative process. As pro-life activists have witnessed in recent years, many state legislatures and assemblies have taken up pivotal bills to protect the right to life in their states. The participants will pray this trend continues and these brave lawmakers will continue to find favor among men and with God.

6) Finally, Participants will lift up those in ministry positions who have served sacrificially in order to speak out for the unborn. They will pray that in the coming year, God will raise up more laborers to proclaim the truth about life during church services and stand as vanguards for Scriptural truth regarding abortion.

Much like the body of Christ, the pro-life movement is made up of many parts. But through this collective effort, we’ll bring all the parts together — united in prayer — to advance the cause of life.

To join this online prayer movement, please visit the website, where you can register to participate.

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