National Day of Prayer Task Force http://nationaldayofprayer.org Transforming our Nation Through Prayer Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:02:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6.1 A Call to Prayer Across America http://nationaldayofprayer.org/a-call-to-prayer-across-america/ http://nationaldayofprayer.org/a-call-to-prayer-across-america/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:26:27 +0000 National Day of Prayer Task Force http://nationaldayofprayer.org/?p=16901 Starting August 30th, a wave of praise and petition will begin from coast to coast! An outpouring of the spirit of the Lord upon His people is evident as a call to prayer is being heard across the nation in declaration of a new season of intercession.

“Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD.” (Joel 1:14)

As we look at the challenges and perils that the United States faces at home and abroad, especially those of our military in harm’s way, we can find comforting assurance in knowing that God hears the prayers of His children.  Now is the time for America to unite in prayer (Ezekiel 22:30) so make plans to join us at the altar of praise.

Here are a few ways you can add your voice to the thousands being lifted unto the throne of the King of Kings (I Timothy 2:8):

August 30: The Supreme Day of Prayer (Washington D.C.)
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September 1: Call to Prayer for Jerusalem w/ Anne Graham Lotz

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September 2: Pray for America Tour launches (4,000 miles of prayer)
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September 11: Cry Out America (Awakening America Alliance)

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September 21: Pray With Youth (Pray for the next generation)
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October 1-5: The Summons, Hollywood – (prayer for the media)
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October 5: Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem

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Supreme Day of Prayer http://nationaldayofprayer.org/supreme-day-of-prayer/ http://nationaldayofprayer.org/supreme-day-of-prayer/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:59:33 +0000 National Day of Prayer Task Force http://nationaldayofprayer.org/?p=16884 SDP_MLK_Memorial_2014_MLK_UNDIVIDED_VisualAugust 30, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

You are invited to attend a very special gathering of prayer to take place on August 30, 2014, at the MLK Memorial in Washington D.C. The 3rd annual Supreme Day of Prayer is a day when prayers of thanksgiving are offered from the spiritual landmark honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

During the 8-hour event we will offer prayers of reconciliation for race relations, prayers for peace and non-violence and for “brotherly love to continue” in the spirit and power of oneness in God as outlined in John 17. In addition, opportunities for artists to present their talents of music, spoken-word and dance will be presented.

Prayers from leaders across the nation and strong worship in music and the arts will fill the day with renewed hope, inspiration, tributes and most importantly greater faith in the power of God in our schools, nation and our world. The International Praise and Worship features Kunjalo from Cape Town, South Africa.

For more details, on how to participate, support and donate to this special gathering, visit the Supreme Day of Prayer website now >>

- Rev. Arthur L. Hunt, Jr. D.D.

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A Mile of Prayer http://nationaldayofprayer.org/a-mile-of-prayer/ http://nationaldayofprayer.org/a-mile-of-prayer/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:54:16 +0000 National Day of Prayer Task Force http://nationaldayofprayer.org/?p=16879 Bus Banner 8-12

On September 2, not long from now, the Pray for America Tour will begin and a team of prayer leaders from the National Day of Prayer Task Force will be traveling across the country to mobilize intercession for our great nation from coast to coast and we need your help. Last year, our team traveled 13,864 miles through 34 states and led 429 prayer gatherings in 412 communities. In total, 101,480 people took part in the tour and there were 9,945 decisions for Christ! So, needless to say, we have big expectations for the Pray for America Tour II.

Here is how you can help.

Join Us

1) PRAY: Join with us in prayer, every day, for 33-days to cover the team and all those participating. The Tour begins on September 2 in Orlando, FL, and ends October 5 in Hollywood, CA. So, please commit to pray during this time that lives would be changed and God would intervene across America. Click here for prayer points >>

2) ATTEND: If you would like to meet with us on location to pray, then click on the route locations on the map above. Not all events are open to the public, but there are still many options to choose from. Be sure to check back regularly for new event details. You can also follow along on Facebook by ‘liking’ us, checking for schedules and locations on www.commit2pray.com, or registering to join us in Hollywood at www.hollywoodprayer.org.

3) SPONSOR A MILE: If you have ever seen those “Adopt a Highway” signs on the interstate, then we are asking for your help to invest in prayer for our nation by sponsoring a mile. We will be traveling over 4,000 miles, covering every mile in prayer. A single mile costs just $9. Of course, if you want to invest in 3, 5 or even 10 miles, you can do so and know that our nation will be better for it. We need to raise $23,800 over the next 60 days to ensure we can make it on time to California where a 5-day solemn assembly will take place October 1-5, called The Summons. So, click here to Sponsor a Mile >>

Then, share the vision with your friends and family via social media and word of mouth. Help us get the word out that a wave of prayer is about to begin on September 2.

Our special thanks to Champion Coach and owner Craig Dance for making this tour possible.

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Business and Life http://nationaldayofprayer.org/business-and-life/ http://nationaldayofprayer.org/business-and-life/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 23:02:56 +0000 National Day of Prayer Task Force http://nationaldayofprayer.org/?p=16857 Kathy_Branzell_2

Kathy Branzell

 Spiritual Stewardship – Not Secular Slices

And a lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?” 27 And he answered, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” 28 And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; DO THIS AND YOU WILL LIVE.” – Luke 10:25-28

Among my friends and family I am known as, “the Pie Queen.” I love pie! Fruit pie, cream pies (especially Key Lime,) Chocolate pie, cold, baked, even chicken pot pie. It is not that I have a big sweet tooth, nor is it is not that I eat dessert every day, or even every week. What I love about pie is that you usually eat it with people who are very close to you.

Think about it; you have probably had many business meals or “eating meetings.” Business breakfast, lunch and dinners are a part of my schedule every week; but dessert is personal, private, savored with the people you are closest to. A sweet slice and a great discussion is a great way to end a day.

Individual servings of pie come in a slice, you may desire the whole pie, but you are given a piece; a small portion of a big pie. Sadly, I hear many Christians talk about their relationship with Jesus as if it were a pie. Somehow we have taken the wrong mentality that our life is a pie and we slice it up between work, worship, family, recreation, rest, and other activities and responsibilities. As Christians we have adopted the wrong mentality and vocabulary of “spiritual” and “secular.” God does not see our life, the life He gave us, sliced up by spiritual and secular activities; it is ALL spiritual!

From our first thought in the morning to our last thought drifting off to sleep, we are consecrated and separated, “holy unto the Lord.” Now I know some of you are thinking, “I have to go to work 8-10 hours every day, or more; how can I dedicate ALL of my life to “spiritual” things? The man who asked Jesus this vital question about life in Luke 10:25-29 was a lawyer, not a religious leader. “What shall I do…?”

The answer is simple, we do ALL that we do; work, worship, family, recreation, rest, etc… with our heart, soul, mind, and strength focused on Jesus. Your place of business is your mission field; it is where God has placed you for His purposes to be fulfilled. We do not live to work: we do not even work to live. We live to live out our personal relationship with Jesus Christ at home, church, shopping, vacationing and at work. We do not slice off a portion of life and give it to God; He gets the whole pie! By committing to pray, and live out Christ’s character through the power of the Holy Spirit in ALL that we do, we fulfill the mandate to love the Lord with ALL of our heart, soul, mind and strength. We also open up every area of our life for His blessing. God is seeking an intimate relationship with you, not a quick nod at breakfast and out into the world we go. He desires to share wisdom, knowledge, strength, joy, discernment and direction all day. We are selfish, and foolish, when we think it enough to give God a slice of our life’s pie when He is the one who gave us the entire “Pie” to begin with. It is His…ALL His. Even the lawyer understood that life, even eternal life is an inheritance; a gift, that we cannot earn, but ought to steward well.

If you would like to find some more information about living out your faith at work, there are many wonderful Marketplace ministry leaders such as John Maxwell, Os Hillman, Ken Blanchard, Michael Anthony, James Estep Jr. and many others, who have written books, share at conferences, and even have daily devotionals or emails you can subscribe to.. Invest some of your time learning and listening about how to live your whole day and your whole life walking and working in the Spirit… nothing could be sweeter…not even pie. Know that I am praying for you!

- Kathy Branzell, Director

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National Observance: REPLAY http://nationaldayofprayer.org/replay/ http://nationaldayofprayer.org/replay/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 22:36:48 +0000 National Day of Prayer Task Force http://nationaldayofprayer.org/?p=16854

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National Observance – Thursday, May 1, 2014

Cannon House Office Building – Caucus Room 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Pledge of Allegiance – Mr. John Bornschein, Vice Chairman National Day of Prayer Task Force

Opening Remarks – Mrs. Shirley Dobson, Chairman National Day of Prayer Task Force

Scripture Reading – Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, President of Hope of the World Ministries

Blowing of the Shofar – Rabbi Neal Surasky, Chosen People Ministries

Prayer of Blessing – Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, S.J. Chaplain, U.S. House of Representatives

Prayer for the Nations – Ambassador Bobby Little and Ambassador Zoran Jolevski (Republic of Macedonia)

A Congressional Welcome – Congressman Robert Aderholt (Alabama)

Worship – Don Moen

Prayer of Repentance – Jeff Noel, National Prayer Committee

Judicial Branch Remarks – Judge Maurice Foley

Prayer for the Judicial Branch – Dr. Dick Eastman, Every Home for Christ

Personal Remarks – Dr. James C. Dobson, Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk

Legislative Branch Remarks – Congressman Mike McIntyre (NC, 7th District)

The Legacy of Prayer in America – The Honorable Bob McEwen

Military Remarks – Major General Joseph S. Ward, Jr.

Prayer for the Military Branch – Chaplain Wayne Brittian (LTC)

Keynote Speaker – Anne Graham Lotz, Honorary Chairman National Day of Prayer Task Force

Prayer for the Executive Branch – Mr. David Butts, Harvest Prayer Ministries

Prayer Challenge – Mr. John Bornschein and Rabbi Jonathan Cahn

Closing Song – Don Moen

This program agenda is tentative and subject to change.

This special observance was hosted by Congressman Robert Aderholt (Alabama, 4th District)

Anne Graham Lotz, 2014 Honorary Chairman and daughter of Rev. Billy Graham, delivered a powerful message on prayer and repentance at the National Observance of the 63rd annual National Day of Prayer. Her 29-minute appeal to God’s people was one of the highlights of the solemn assembly in Washington D.C. and was viewed around the world in more than 200 countries.

The 2014 National Observance was broadcast on DirecTV channel 365 and streamed LIVE on this website.
 
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Discount for Praying http://nationaldayofprayer.org/discount-for-praying/ http://nationaldayofprayer.org/discount-for-praying/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 14:20:38 +0000 National Day of Prayer Task Force http://nationaldayofprayer.org/?p=16839 A restaurant in North Carolina is giving customers a 15 percent discount if they pray in public.Praying in Public

Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem gives the discount for anyone who takes the time to appreciate their food before digging in. Although the restaurant has been offering the special for four years, a recent Facebook post featuring a receipt with the discount has gone viral, highlighting the practice.

Jordan Smith was on a business trip when she got her discount.  She told  HLN that she and her colleagues “prayed over our meal and the waitress came over at the end of the meal and said, “Just so you know, we gave you a 15 percent discount for praying.”

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4 Elements of Prayer http://nationaldayofprayer.org/4-elements-of-prayer/ http://nationaldayofprayer.org/4-elements-of-prayer/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:36:01 +0000 National Day of Prayer Task Force http://nationaldayofprayer.org/?p=16826 In Keep in Step with the Spirit, J. I. Packer lists four elements of spiritual prayer:

  1. First it is a matter of seeking, claiming, and making use of access to God through Christ (Ephesians 2:18).
  2. Then, the Christian adores and thanks God for their acceptance through Christ and for the knowledge that through Christ their prayers are heard.
  3. Third, they ask for the Spirit’s help to see and do what brings glory to Christ, knowing that both the Spirit and Christ himself intercede for them… (Romans 8:26-27, 34).
  4. Finally, the Spirit leads the believer to concentrate on God and His glory in Christ with a sustained, single-minded simplicity of attention and intensity of desire…supernaturally wrought.

May each of this bring you new spiritual intensity.

P.R.A.Y. for Today

Praise God for accepting you through Christ; Repent of any failure to use your access to God through Christ; Ask for His Spirit’s power in living this day in integrity; Yield to Him by doing what is right wherever you’ve been tempted to do otherwise.

- Shirley Dobson, Chairman

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Why Pray for Hollywood? http://nationaldayofprayer.org/why-pray-for-hollywood/ http://nationaldayofprayer.org/why-pray-for-hollywood/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:38:56 +0000 National Day of Prayer Task Force http://nationaldayofprayer.org/?p=16791 Praying for the Entertainment Industry

I spend a lot of time helping missionaries and those associated with missions to learn how to pray more effectively for those they are trying to reach with the Gospel. Any Great Commission Christian will passionately desire for all tribes and nations to hear and respond to the good news. There are good and accepted ways for us to reach out to an unreached people group.

Can you imagine a missionary attempting to bring the Gospel to a tribal group by:

*   refusing to learn their language

*   condemning all of their cultural practices

*   refusing to spend time with them because their lifestyle might affect you

*   in effect, cursing them by criticizing everything they did.

Hollywood is very much a tribal group. Thought not unreached in a technical sense, they are still predominantly pagan. My friend, Karen Covell, who founded the Hollywood Prayer Network in 2001, speaks often of her Hollywood Tribe. When you accept that perspective, you suddenly realize how often we have found ourselves using those absurdly poor ways listed above of reaching a tribal group. How often have you heard Christians (yourself?) denounce and condemn Hollywood? In the process, we have forgotten that we are speaking of people for whom Christ died and who He loves completely.

Can I share with you three reasons why I pray for the Hollywood tribe?

  1. Because Christ loves them and I want to please Him
  2. Because I have asked the Lord to give me a love for lost people and Hollywood is filled with lost people.
  3. Because the entertainment industry is perhaps the main instrument of cultural transformation and Christ needs to be overseeing that transformative process.

Our prayers are making a difference. We are increasingly seeing more movies and shows that reflect biblical values coming out of Hollywood. What once was a values wasteland is beginning to be transformed. Churches are being established in Hollywood that target the entertainment industry. Christians that once cursed Hollywood are coming to bless Hollywood. God is reclaiming His lost Hollywood tribe!

One very practical, hands-on way you can pray for Hollywood is to join many of us this fall who are coming to pray during The Summons: Hollywood.  From October 1-5, hundreds of Christians will be coming to learn from Hollywood professionals how we can be praying for them, and of course, we will be praying.  Prayer walking at key strategic places and prayer drives through places that desperately need us will take much of our time. My friend Steve Hawthorne describes prayer walking as praying onsite with insight.  You will pray with much greater intensity and focus as you join us in Hollywood for The Summons. You can register at: www.hollywoodprayer.org

See you in Hollywood!

David Butts, Chairman of the National Prayer Committee

Register Now

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Prayer Magazine http://nationaldayofprayer.org/prayer-magazine/ http://nationaldayofprayer.org/prayer-magazine/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:47:58 +0000 National Day of Prayer Task Force http://nationaldayofprayer.org/?p=16771 The National Day of Prayer Task Force and the National Prayer Committee are pleased to present Prayer Connect, a 48-page, full color magazine devoted entirely to prayer. It is designed to stimulate, inspire and equip you to go deeper in your connection with Jesus Christ through prayer. Below are a few PDFs that are samples of complete issues. Get signed up today – subscribe now>>

PC cover 14small.jpgHere is a free PDF download of Issue 14, “Help!: The Heart Cry of Desperate Prayer.”

 

 

 

 

 

cover.jpgHere is a free download of issue 3 of Prayer Connect. With the theme, “Solid Foundation: The Power of Praying Scripture,” this issue teaches the reader how to effectively pray God’s Word back to Him.

Click here to download.

The content of just the theme articles of this issue is available in booklet form. The Solid Foundation booklet is a 48-page, 4 x 6 booklet that can be purchased in bulk for congregations to learn together how to pray Scripture. Click here for information.

 

PC-cover-premiere.jpgFree Download of Issue 1: Can Prayer Save America?

 

 

 

 

 

PC cover 11-small.jpgFree Download of Issue 11: Our Great Intercessor: Learning from the Prayer Life of Jesus.

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NDP Radio http://nationaldayofprayer.org/ndp-radio-2/ http://nationaldayofprayer.org/ndp-radio-2/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:29:32 +0000 National Day of Prayer Task Force http://nationaldayofprayer.org/?p=16762

Listen now to the National Day of Prayer Radio Network

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