National Day of Prayer Task Force Transforming our Nation Through Prayer Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:44:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Praying for Our Enemies Mon, 16 Nov 2015 20:57:39 +0000 Hear the words of Jesus to all who would follow Him: “I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).

For the German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the enemy was obvious—he was imprisoned and finally murdered by the Nazis. Facing this persecution, he had these comments on Christ’s directive to love our enemies:

This is the supreme demand. Through the medium of prayer we go to our enemy, stand by his side, and plead for him to God. Jesus does not promise that when we bless our enemies and do good to them they will not despitefully abuse and persecute us. They certainly will. But not even that can hurt or overcome us, so long as we pray for them.

God does amazing works through prayers that seek to extend His grace to others. Truly, God’s grace knows no bounds!


P.R.A.Y. for Today

Praise God for loving us even when we were His enemies; repent of any bitterness you’ve held toward others; ask for God’s blessings on your enemies; yield to Him by seeking to do good to these people.

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What a Great Sacrifice VIDEO Tue, 10 Nov 2015 23:36:23 +0000

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Veterans Day Tue, 10 Nov 2015 22:31:33 +0000 VeteransDayAs we honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces, the National Day of Prayer Task Force encourages you to pray for our military families and diligently intercede on behalf of those who continue to fight for freedom across the globe. Scriptures remind us that Almighty God goes before us even on the battlefield:

He appointed military officers over the people and assembled them before him in the square at the city gate and encouraged them with these words: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles.” – II Chronicles 32:6-8

The National Day of Prayer Task Force would like to salute our brave men and women who have courageously stood on the front lines throughout America’s history to defend the defenseless, to protect the innocent, and even lay down their lives. We pause and remember the many who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as those who were prepared to do so though it was not required. Most of all, we remember the character and devotion with which each of them served this nation as champions of liberty.

Today, we echo the sentiment of President Ronald Reagan’s 1988 Veterans Day address:

“… in our hearts you will always be young, full of the love that is youth, love of life, love of joy, love of country – you fought for your country and for its safety and for the freedom of others with strength and courage. We love you for it. We honor you. And we have faith that, as He does all His sacred children, the Lord will bless you and keep you, the Lord will make His face to shine upon you and give you peace, now and forevermore.”

Join with us as we unite in prayer for our military families, our chaplains, those who have served, and those who continue to serve this great nation. These are America’s heroes. May we never forget their perseverance and vigilance. May we never forget their sacrifice.
May God bless you and may God bless America!

John Bornschein - Signature
John Bornschein

Vice Chairman

National Day of Prayer Task Force

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2015 Impact Report Tue, 10 Nov 2015 22:10:20 +0000 Below you will find an interactive viewer to read the latest National Day of Prayer Impact Report:

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The Finish Line Wed, 04 Nov 2015 19:13:56 +0000 On September 9, 2015, the National Day of Prayer Task Force and its many ministry partners began a 56-day trek around the country, traveling 5,915 miles through 26 states to mobilize prayer on more than 50 college campuses. The tour concluded today, November 4, 2015, in Washington D.C. at the Department of Education.

Already the stories coming in are powerful and we look forward to sharing the impact of what God is doing across the nation. After only a few days on the road, our team collected 15 pages of testimonies and over 120 recorded videos. Many of the top schools in the country hosted the National Day of Prayer staff for times of prayer and intercession – including Harvard, Yale, MIT, OSU, Purdue and many others. Conservative estimates indicate that our team was able to engage 8,000 students and 900 administrators, faculty and campus ministry leaders, which equates to 159 people for every single day of the tour.

Read the daily blog posts from the Pray 4 America Bus Tour here >>

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Here is a list of some the many schools where our Prayer Team led gatherings of intercession with students:

  • Harvard University
  • MIT
  • University of New Hampshire
  • Yale University
  • Penn State
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Ohio State
  • Mount Vernon Nazarene University
  • Ohio Northern University
  • Kalamazoo Community College
  • University of Michigan
  • Purdue
  • Wheaton College
  • Trinity University
  • University of Wisconsin
  • University of Minnesota
  • Bethel University
  • University of Northwestern
  • University of North Dakota
  • Sioux Falls Christian
  • University of Iowa
  • Oklahoma Wesleyan University
  • Oral Roberts University
  • Prestonwood Christian Academy
  • Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • University of Texas
  • Belhaven University
  • University of Alabama – Birmingham
  • University of Georgia
  • Clemson University
  • University of North Carolina (2 campuses)
  • North Carolina State University
  • Richland Creek Community
  • Radford University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Liberty University
  • Vineyard Community
  • Regent University
  • Department of Education

Some schools are not listed here in order to protect them from ongoing attacks from groups and organizations that are attempting to suppress religious freedoms.

Click here to visit the Pray 4 America Bus Tour website >>

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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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