National Day of Prayer Task Force http://nationaldayofprayer.org Transforming our Nation Through Prayer Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:16:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6.1 2015 Theme and Verse http://nationaldayofprayer.org/2015-theme-and-verse/ http://nationaldayofprayer.org/2015-theme-and-verse/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:40:08 +0000 National Day of Prayer Task Force http://nationaldayofprayer.org/?p=17143 The 64th annual National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015, will have profound significance for our country.  It is 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.

Our theme for 2015 is Lord, Hear Our Cry, 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 I Kings 8:28 as our Scripture for this year:  “Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.”

For the May 7th observances, Dr. Jack Graham, the 2015 Honorary Chairman, wrote 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.  Millions of people will gather to pray at thousands of events facilitated by our volunteer coordinators and people just like you!  We hope you’ll join with our staff again as we seek to bring more communities than ever before together in prayer.  As a way of assisting you, we have assembled a variety of resources that describe how to organize and publicize citywide prayer breakfasts, worship services, and rallies.  These materials also present creative ideas geared toward helping individuals and families to establish meaningful devotional times.  If you have any questions after reviewing these items, please don’t hesitate to contact our NDP staff at (800) 444-8828.  We would count it a privilege to lend a hand in whatever manner we are able.

At this crucial time for our nation, we can do nothing more important than pray.  Thank you in advance for making this spiritual discipline a personal priority and for standing with us as we encourage others to incorporate prayer in their lives.  The Lord has graciously anointed our efforts, empowering them to touch and change many hearts and lives.  We look forward to seeing His hand move across our land in exciting ways each May in response to our petitions!  In closing, we ask that you prayerfully consider becoming a volunteer in your church or community to lead a National Day of Prayer gathering. May the Lord’s peace fill your heart as you rest in Him throughout the days ahead.

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2015 National Prayer http://nationaldayofprayer.org/national-prayer-2/ http://nationaldayofprayer.org/national-prayer-2/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:36:56 +0000 National Day of Prayer Task Force http://nationaldayofprayer.org/?p=17138 This is the National Prayer, written by Dr. Jack Graham, for the 64th annual National Day of Prayer (Thursday, May 7, 2015):

 

Heavenly Father,

We come to You in the Name that is above every name—Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Our hearts cry out to You.

Knowing that You are a prayer-answering, faithful God—the One we trust in times like these—we ask that You renew our spirits, revive our churches, and heal our land.

We repent of our sins and ask for Your grace and power to save us. Hear our cry, oh God, and pour out Your Spirit upon us that we may walk in obedience to Your Word.

We are desperate for Your tender mercies. We are broken and humbled before You.

Forgive us, and in the power of Your great love, lift us up to live in Your righteousness.

We pray for our beloved nation. May we repent and return to You and be a light to the nations. And we pray for our leaders and ask that You give them wisdom and faith to follow You.

Preserve and protect us, for You are our refuge and only hope.

Deliver us from all fears except to fear You, and may we courageously stand in the Truth that sets us free.

We pray with expectant faith and grateful hearts.

In Jesus’ name, our Savior.

Amen.

- 2015 National Prayer by Dr. Jack Graham

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2015 Honorary Chairman http://nationaldayofprayer.org/2015-honorary-chairman/ http://nationaldayofprayer.org/2015-honorary-chairman/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:28:20 +0000 National Day of Prayer Task Force http://nationaldayofprayer.org/?p=17135 JackGraham-High-Rez-Headshot-3

Dr. Jack Graham

The National Day of Prayer Task Force is delighted to announce that Dr. Jack Graham has accepted the role as Honorary Chairman for the 2015 National Day of Prayer to take place on May 7.

PowerPoint Ministries is the radio and television broadcast ministry of Dr. Jack Graham in Plano, Texas. Dr. Graham is also the pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, one of the nation’s largest, most dynamic congregations.

When Dr. Graham came to Prestonwood in 1989, the 8,000-member congregation responded enthusiastically to his straightforward message and powerful preaching style. He challenged the Prestonwood family with a vision for a larger outreach, and in 1999, the church moved from its North Dallas location to a new 7,500-seat auditorium in west Plano.

Thriving with nearly 37,000 members, Prestonwood continues to grow with seven weekend worship services, four midweek services, about 300 Bible Fellowship classes for all ages, and multiple outreach and community ministries that reach thousands. In 2006, the church added a second location, the North Campus, in a burgeoning area 20 miles north of Plano. And in 2011, Prestonwood returned to its roots—beginning its third location, the Dallas Campus, about two miles from its original location.

Dr. Graham has served two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest American Protestant denomination, with 16 million members and as president of the SBC Pastor’s Conference.

He is a noted author of numerous books, including You Can Make a Difference, Lessons from the Heart, A Hope and a Future, Life According to Jesus, Are you Fit for Life? and Powering Up. Courageous Parenting, co-authored by his wife, Deb, is based on their experiences as parents. Dr. Graham’s passionate, biblical teaching is also seen and heard across the country and throughout the world on PowerPoint Ministries. Through broadcasts, online sermons and e-mail messages, he addresses relevant, everyday issues that are prevalent in our culture and that strike a chord with audiences worldwide.

Dr. Graham was ordained to the Gospel ministry in 1970, and has a master of divinity degree with honors and a doctor of ministry degree in Church and Proclamation from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Please keep Dr. Graham and his family in prayer as he leads our nation to prayer for the 64th annual National Day of Prayer.

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2015 – Dr. Jack Graham http://nationaldayofprayer.org/2015-dr-jack-graham/ http://nationaldayofprayer.org/2015-dr-jack-graham/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 19:19:04 +0000 National Day of Prayer Task Force http://nationaldayofprayer.org/?p=17113

2015 National Prayer

Heavenly Father,

We come to You in the Name that is above every name—Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Our hearts cry out to You.

Knowing that You are a prayer-answering, faithful God—the One we trust in times like these—we ask that You renew our spirits, revive our churches, and heal our land.

We repent of our sins and ask for Your grace and power to save us. Hear our cry, oh God, and pour out Your Spirit upon us that we may walk in obedience to Your Word.

We are desperate for Your tender mercies. We are broken and humbled before You.

Forgive us, and in the power of Your great love, lift us up to live in Your righteousness.

We pray for our beloved nation. May we repent and return to You and be a light to the nations. And we pray for our leaders and ask that You give them wisdom and faith to follow You.

Preserve and protect us, for You are our refuge and only hope.

Deliver us from all fears except to fear You, and may we courageously stand in the Truth that sets us free.

We pray with expectant faith and grateful hearts.

In Jesus’ name, our Savior.

Amen.

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Dr. Jack Graham

PowerPoint Ministries is the radio and television broadcast ministry of Dr. Jack Graham in Plano, Texas. Dr. Graham is the pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, one of the nation’s largest, most dynamic congregations.

When Dr. Graham came to Prestonwood in 1989, the 8,000-member congregation responded enthusiastically to his straightforward message and powerful preaching style. He challenged the Prestonwood family with a vision for a larger outreach, and in 1999, the church moved from its North Dallas location to a new 7,500-seat auditorium in west Plano.

Thriving with nearly 37,000 members, Prestonwood continues to grow with seven weekend worship services, four midweek services, about 300 Bible Fellowship classes for all ages, and multiple outreach and community ministries that reach thousands. In 2006, the church added a second location, the North Campus, in a burgeoning area 20 miles north of Plano. And in 2011, Prestonwood returned to its roots—beginning its third location, the Dallas Campus, about two miles from its original location.

Dr. Graham has served two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest American Protestant denomination, with 16 million members and as president of the SBC Pastor’s Conference.

He is a noted author of numerous books, including You Can Make a Difference, Lessons from the Heart, A Hope and a Future, Life According to Jesus, Are you Fit for Life? and Powering Up. Courageous Parenting, co-authored by his wife, Deb, is based on their experiences as parents. Dr. Graham’s passionate, biblical teaching is also seen and heard across the country and throughout the world on PowerPoint Ministries. Through broadcasts, online sermons and e-mail messages, he addresses relevant, everyday issues that are prevalent in our culture and that strike a chord with audiences worldwide.

Dr. Graham was ordained to the Gospel ministry in 1970, and has a master of divinity degree with honors and a doctor of ministry degree in Church and Proclamation from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Pray for Election Day http://nationaldayofprayer.org/pray-for-election-day/ http://nationaldayofprayer.org/pray-for-election-day/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 17:23:42 +0000 National Day of Prayer Task Force http://nationaldayofprayer.org/?p=17072 NDP PED Logo CSOn November 4, 2014, millions will cast their vote on various local issues while selecting from an array of candidates as potential leaders who will impact the direction of the United States of America. This is a freedom that has come at a high cost for many over the 238 years since declaring independence from England in 1776.

Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States said, “If the people fail to vote, a government will be developed which is not their government… The whole system of American Government rests on the ballot box. Unless citizens perform their duties there, such a system of government is doomed to failure.”

Of the 52 million voter-eligible Christians in America, 10 million are not registered to vote for the elections, and over 20 million who were registered, did not vote in the previous election cycle. Quite simply, less than 40 percent of all eligible to vote Christians in America…voted. A new poll conducted by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics estimates that just 23 percent of Americans 18-29 years old plan to vote in the midterm elections.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States said, “The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.”

So here is what you can do:

  1. Register to Vote and make it a priority to exercise this freedom (see below)
  2. Commit to Pray: “Look to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.” -Isaiah 45:22
  3. Download your FREE 2014 ELECTION PRAYER GUIDE
  4. Find your local Family Policy Council and download your regional voter guide
  5. Join the National Prayer Call, November 4: 712-432-0075, PIN: 4961322#

14% of Americans think they’re registered to vote, but they’re not! That’s roughly 33 MILLION people! Use the Voter Look up tool below to make sure you’re registered to vote!

 

REGISTER TO VOTE!

Every vote matters. YOUR vote matters! Begin the registration process now by selecting your state below.

PLEDGE TO GET ONE PERSON REGISTERED


I pledge to double the power of my vote by getting one more like-minded person registered to vote!

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Prayer Ninjas Welcomed to Hollywood http://nationaldayofprayer.org/prayer-ninjas-welcomed-to-hollywood/ http://nationaldayofprayer.org/prayer-ninjas-welcomed-to-hollywood/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:01:50 +0000 National Day of Prayer Task Force http://nationaldayofprayer.org/?p=17065 HOLLYWOOD, CA – A lot happened on that Church Youth Retreat when I was 9 years old.

I got to watch Mitch almost get electrocuted trying to wire a remote control receiver into the Girls’ light switch so we could turn the lights on and off at will. It backfired.

Later – through a mutual friend – I agreed to “go with” Tara which I think meant that we were boyfriend/girlfriend for an hour and 12 minutes before she dumped me — through the same messenger. Girls are weird.

Then at the end, when we were asked what God was putting on our hearts to be when we grew up I wrote these two words:

“Entertainment Industry”

And by that time the next year, at age 10, I was the VP of Development at Disney.

No, not really. But how cool would that have been? WRONG! That would have been horrible, what’s wrong with you?! I wasn’t prepared for puberty, much less executive level decision making!

Anyway, it didn’t happen on my time-table, but thirty-three years later I have arrived in Hollywood. The Entertainment Industry, at last!

Devon Franklin can relate. He wanted to start his own Production Company when he graduated High School at age 18. He is now 36 and has just left a lucrative position as a Sony Executive with some amazing Film credits under his belt to begin Franklin Entertainment — his own production company!

“So many people want the elevator. Take me up there fast. Straight to the top,” DeVon says. Then he hammers in this truth, “God says you can wait for the elevator all day and it may never arrive; or you can take the stairs and start climbing today.”

Now, if I were God, I would have put me to work in LA immediately making just under 7 figures on a 12 picture development deal. But He hasn’t done that, yet. Spielberg has yet to call me. And nobody will tell me when I get my Star put on the walk of fame. I mean, is that week 5? Or 6?

No, instead, for the last three weeks I’ve been meeting with Christians in the industry. Actors, Editors, Producers, Film Instructors, TV Writers, Executives, Show Runners, etc. God’s people are everywhere! And then I hit the motherlode!

The Hollywood Prayer Network.

Founded by Karen Covell in 2003, this group began as a resource for entertainment professionals in the faith-based community; it equips creative artists and professionals to thrive personally and professionally in the arts, media, and entertainment industries.

And it just so happened they were partnering with “The National Day of Prayer” group for an event called “The Summons.” For 5 days in Hollywood, strategic prayer partners from all over the US met with Hollywood Insiders to hear how God is moving in the Film and TV industry. The goal was not just to be blown away by Tinseltown stories and testimonies, but so that they could come alongside these Hollywood professionals to support them in prayer and intercession.

Now, there are people who pray, and then there are Prayer Warriors. Just like there are people who play paintball in the woods, and there is Seal Team 6. You must imagine that this group that gathered from across the United States was the Seal Team 6 of Intercessors. A Task Force of Prayer Ninjas headed up by Shirley Dobson.

Everyone was encouraged to hear that when The Hollywood Prayer Network began, they were able to find about 8 Christians around Hollywood. Today there are over 10,000. That is quite a remnant the Lord has established.

“You know it surprises me how many Christians are in the industry here,” said Nathan Wisener from Colorado. “My mindset was that I didn’t think there was anyone out here. You know you’re always given the impression from other people that it’s a very dark place. But I came here and saw some light.”

Each of the Hollywood Insiders had stories about being involved in Projects that they initially wanted to run from, but told how, because they stayed, God was able to use them to change lives, redirect scripts and to be a shoulder to lean on for other crew members in crisis. Karen Covell, for instance, was mortified when she was assigned to Produce a one-hour TV story on Playboy Creator Hugh Hefner. But God had other plans.

It culminated with an interview in which the icon of sexual promiscuity told about being raised by harsh, distant parents who never told him they loved him. “His mother never hugged or kissed him, he said, because of her fear of germs.” In the opulent Playboy Mansion, surrounded by Playboy bunnies, the interviewers brought Mr. Hefner, clad in his black pajamas, to confess that “he’s still just a little boy trying to find love.” They exposed his futile attempt to substitute sex for love and the pain behind the Playboy façade, the God-shaped vacuum in Mr. Hefner’s heart (worldmag.com).

That interview which Hef described as “my favorite interview” opened doors for Covell to encourage him on a couple of different occasions. And baby steps like that are happening all across Los Angeles.

Dean Batali is a Television Writer and Executive Producer who wrote for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “That 70s Show.” He talked about being the Salt and Light described in Matthew 5:13. He explained that while Salt has healing properties, in certain instances its primary use is to slow down decay. His continued prayer is for the Lord to lead him to the projects where he can do good — and from SpongeBob to UpTV it’s been a fascinating journey.

Os Hillman is president of Marketplace Leaders, an organization whose purpose is to help men and women discover and fulfill God’s complete purposes through their work and to view their work as ministry. He explained how Christians have fled from the 7 Cultural Mountains for years: Government, Education, Media, Religion, Family, Business and Arts&Entertainment. Their absence has created a void that now requires agents of change — talented and Godly individuals to climb back up those mountains to lead and direct.

Many of the Hollywood Insiders talked about their daily struggle in the workplace to be a force for the good, the true and the beautiful. They discussed openly the resistance they received from their secular co-workers – which they fully expected — but also, surprisingly, from Christians across the country who attacked them regularly.

For example, despite the major miracle for Martha Williamson to get a show on CBS Network Television about Angels dispensing God’s love and mercy in every episode — “Touched by an Angel” — she got vehement letters from Christian brothers and sisters for selling out and for “hiding” Jesus and watering down the Gospel, etc.

In fact, what many of these Hollywood Insiders had found in their time in LA as they built relationships with Studios and Networks was that so many of the “anti-christian” voices in Los Angeles were people who at one time had been chewed up and spit out by the church.

Hm. Something to reflect hard upon.

So, after each Hollywood Professional had a chance to speak, the tables were turned and the Prayer Ninjas gathered around and went to work praying for each person.

“I’m a Lutheran,” one Producer joked, “I don’t know what to do!” and the team laughed and told her to just sit there and receive their prayers.

Another script writer admitted afterward that although he has been prayed for in the past, the three times he was prayed over at The Summons was unlike anything he had experienced before. With tears in his eyes, he thanked the group for their ministry, their encouragement and their Godly insight.

While one group of Prayer Ninjas sat in on various sessions, the others were sent out on buses to key locations around Hollywood, onto Studio lots, Scientology Headquarters, etc, just to walk and pray over the workers there.

“The hurts and facades of people are exacerbated in this city,” lamented Dr. Lou Shirey of Oklahoma City. “I think that’s what hits me so deep. A place of just insecure people who gathered together and if they can just hear the Good News of Jesus and have the security of Christ,” he paused here tearing up at the thought of it, “ah, it just hits me so.”

Another Prayer Ninja who was deeply impacted was Debbi Warthen from Oregon.

“I don’t have a TV. I’ve avoided Hollywood. Just have never really cared for the Hollywood scene,” she admitted. “When people would come down here I would pray that they wouldn’t. It was sin city. I never even thought of praying for the actors and the actresses.”

She came to Hollywood to transform the city and leaves, herself, forever changed.

“I felt the Lord leading me up to Universal City and was just walking around there by myself and praying with people and the Lord was speaking to me,” here she began to get choked up, “not to lose this. ‘Debbie, you’re to take this back with you. You are to take this back and let your people know the need for prayer here in Hollywood.’”

She found a good price on an “I Love Hollywood” t-shirt and bought it and put it on immediately. But, Debbie already knows how her religious friends back home will react when she comes home wearing this shirt.

“People are gonna say to me, ‘Debbie why are YOU wearing a T-shirt that says I love Hollywood? You have been so anti-TV!’ And I’m going to say, ‘Because God has softened my heart and touched my heart to know the battlefield down there and they need prayer. We need to stop judging the films.’ I’m going to give them what was given to me: ‘Sit there at the end of the movie and pray for every name that comes up on the film credits, don’t just leave!’

She smiled a huge, beautiful smile and you can only imagine that Oregon is in for a huge awakening when this Prayer Ninja gets back to town.

The National Day of Prayer Task Force considers this short term mission trip a huge success.

“Because what we found is that God is alive and well in this city,” said John Bornscheim from Colorado. “He is moving in the hearts of people. We’ve been in Studios where the Executives are Christians, where staff are Christians, to find out there’s 10,000 believers here who need us to come alongside and affirm them; letting them know that the Saints are going to be praying for them for the work that they’re doing here in the Tribe of Hollywood!”

Whew. And all of this barely even scratches the surface of what took place over the last 5 days in Hollywood, California. I came away from the event with dozens of new friends, 15 business cards and industry contacts, a to-do list as long as my arm and at least 5 Prayer Ninjas who promised to pray for me, my family and my personal Hollywood Journey.

Welcome to Hollywood.

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About the Author:

S. David Acuff currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

Visionary. Filmmaker. Screenwriter. Lip Trumpeter. Character voices. Blogateer. All for one and one for all and 3 for a dollar!

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Watch Live http://hollywoodprayer.org/watch-live/ http://hollywoodprayer.org/watch-live/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:27:46 +0000 National Day of Prayer Task Force http://nationaldayofprayer.org/?p=17052 Watch The Summons: Hollywood LIVE webcast, October 1-5, and join with prayer leaders from around the nation as we unite in prayer for America’s Media and Entertainment.

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My Prayer http://nationaldayofprayer.org/my-prayer/ http://nationaldayofprayer.org/my-prayer/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:49:07 +0000 National Day of Prayer Task Force http://nationaldayofprayer.org/?p=17031 The National Day of Prayer Task Force is pleased to launch a new email series called My Prayer from Mrs. Shirley Dobson – designed to give us focus as we gather in One Voice to intercede for our nation. Below is a sample. If you are not signed up to receive this email series, then click here to sign-up today >>

Prayer Focus

Persevere in Prayer

Jesus once told a story about a widow who repeatedly asked a judge for justice against an adversary:

“For some time [the judge] refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!” And the Lord [Jesus] said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night?” (Luke 18:4-7)

Scripture says that Jesus told the disciples this parable to show “that men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (Luke 18:1, KJV). Let us never faint from the privilege of bowing before God in prayer!

Prayer Focus: Praise God for His patient teaching on prayer; Repent of any “fainting” you’ve done when you’ve failed to persevere; Ask for His help to be faithful in prayer in the midst of life’s stresses; Yield to Him by joyfully persevering even when you’re tempted to give up.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, fill me with Your Holy Spirit so that my mouth speaks words of encouragements. Do not let me speak words that will tear a person down. O Lord, let me choose Your wisdom over foolishness, for a quick-tempered man does foolish things. May every word I speak be pleasing to You.

God’s Promise
Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value a man who speaks the truth.

Proverbs 16:13
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The Summons: Hollywood

There are only 30 seats remaining at The Summons so register today at:
http://hollywoodprayer.org/

The Summons will take place at The Beverly Garland Hotel.

Registration is $149 and includes ground transportation, meals, materials, VIP back-lot access, special events, meet-and-greet and more.

Scholarships are available – so if you need assistance with the registration fee, then call today: 719-559-9563

 

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Hollywood Heavyweights, Christian Leaders to Lead ‘The Summons,’ a Campaign to ‘Pray for Hollywood’ http://nationaldayofprayer.org/hollywood-heavyweights-christian-leaders-to-lead-the-summons-a-campaign-to-pray-for-hollywood/ http://nationaldayofprayer.org/hollywood-heavyweights-christian-leaders-to-lead-the-summons-a-campaign-to-pray-for-hollywood/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 04:46:44 +0000 National Day of Prayer Task Force http://nationaldayofprayer.org/?p=17014 Dozens of entertainment veterans and Christian leaders are joining a campaign to encourage believers to stop standing in judgement over Hollywood, and instead view it as a new Nineveh–a place that needs prayer, and a place where God can work wonders.

The Hollywood Prayer Network, founded ten years ago by entertainment veteran Karen Covell, is a nonprofit ministry devoted to getting Christians caring and praying for people working in the entertainment industry.

The HPN has brought over 5,000 Christians from across the world to pray for Hollywood, and most recently is partnering with the National Day of Prayer Task Force to host an event from October 1-5, 2014. The event, titled “The Summons,” involves prayer ministries from across the globe which will gather in the media-epicenter of Hollywood, CA, to pray at studios, with media executives, actors, producers and more.

Speakers at the event include notable entertainment contributors including Columbia Pictures VP Devon Franklin,  film producer Ralph Winter (X-Men, Fantastic Four, Star Trek), screenwriter Melissa Glenn (Beauty and the Beast, Hawaii 5-0), producer Karen Covell, Reality LA’s Tim Chaddick, author Os Hillman, Craig Detwiler, Dr. Larry Poland of Mastermedia International, pastor Kim Dorr-Tilley, Grace Hill Media founder Jonathan Bock, “Veggie Tales” manager Terry Botwick, television literary agent Michael Van Dyck, Oasis Church pastors  Phillip and Holly Wagner, chairman Shirley Dobson, pastor Shawn Bolz, Rabbi Jason Sobel, Dr. Kenneth Ulmer, director Rebecca Verstraten-McSparran, The Greenhouse President Shun Lee, producer Christina Lee Storm, comedian Dan Rupple, television writer Dean Batali, Harvest Prayer Ministries President David Butts, and Vice Chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force John Bornschein.

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People are spiritually dying in Hollywood

“People are spiritually dying in Hollywood,” says Covell. “There’s really no difference between a physical warzone and a spiritual warzone… Hollywood needs to be recognized as a place that needs prayer along with all the other places in the world. The wrong mindset is that because Hollywood supposedly has a lot of money and fame and fun and glitz, they don’t need prayer. But I’m saying that there are broken, hurting, dying people here.People are spiritually dying, emotionally dying. The divorce and drug rate is horrible. The number of affairs, the domestic violence … it’s a terrible problem because it’s a place of miserable, broken people.”

During this time, prayer teams will be assigned to various parts of the city to pray over every key area of need throughout the region. Particpiants will have special access to behind-the-scenes areas including movie studios and will experience education on prayer, praise and worship, on-location gatherings of solemn assembly and more.

“It’s important that Christians are here in Hollywood because if we’re not here we leave this void, this hole– and we can’t expect people who don’t know Jesus to act like they know Him,” said Shun Lee, President and Creative Director of Greenhouse Productions.

“So our role as Christians in Hollywood, and why we need more Christians in Hollywood, is to help people understand who He is–to introduce people to Jesus.”

“For too long, Christians have stood in judgement of Hollywood instead of really having God’s heart for it and seeing it more like a Nineveh than Sodom and Gomorrah,” adds actress Kirsten Roquemore.

To learn more about the Hollywood Prayer Network and register for the prayer event, visit their website.

“Hollywood entertainment industry is a mission field and Christians can impact this mission field through prayer,” said Covell, “and prayer can change lives, which can in turn change the world.”

By Leah Marieann Klett (news@gospelherald.com)

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President Calls for Days of Prayer http://nationaldayofprayer.org/president-calls-for-days-of-prayer/ http://nationaldayofprayer.org/president-calls-for-days-of-prayer/#comments Sat, 06 Sep 2014 00:54:00 +0000 National Day of Prayer Task Force http://nationaldayofprayer.org/?p=16980 SEAL OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED SATES_NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER TASK FORCEPresident Barack Obama has proclaimed Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7, 2014, as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance. Read his proclamation below:

In the footprints of two mighty towers, at a hallowed field where heroic actions saved even more heartbreak and destruction, and outside a Pentagon wall where we have rebuilt but still remember — in these sacred sites and in quiet corners across our country, we join together this week to remember the tragedy of thirteen Septembers ago. We stand with those who grieve as we offer some measure of comfort once more. We honor the courage and selflessness of all who responded. We reflect on the strength and grace that lift us up from the depths of our despair. Above all, we reaffirm the true spirit of 9/11 — love, compassion, and sacrifice — and we enshrine it forever in the heart of our Nation.

No matter how many years pass, we will never forget the innocent souls stolen on that dark day: parents, children, siblings, and spouses of every race and creed. Dusty helmets, polished badges, and soot-stained gloves serve as small symbols of those who gave everything so others might live. But the stories of all those lost and the beauty of their lives shine on in those they left behind. The sacrifice of so many has forever shaped our Nation, and we have emerged a stronger, more resilient America. We stand tall and unafraid, because no act of terror can match the character of our Union or change who we are.

Each year as our Nation mourns, our faith restores us and summons within us the sense of common purpose we rediscovered after the attacks. Prayer and humble reflection carry us forward on the path we travel together, helping mend deep wounds still sore from loss. These lasting virtues sustain us not just for one day, but every day.

On this solemn anniversary, let us reaffirm the fundamental American values of freedom and tolerance — values that stand in stark contrast to the nihilism of those who attacked us. Let us give thanks for all the men and women in uniform who defend these values from new threats, and let us remember those who laid down their lives for our country. May our faith reveal that even the darkest night gives way to a brighter dawn.

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 5 through Sunday, September 7, 2014, 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 fourth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.

BARACK OBAMA

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