“Love one another. Just as I have loved you.” -John 13:34
In 1952, President Harry S. Truman signed a joint resolution establishing the National Day of Prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Ronald Reagan, designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer.
Since that time, every President has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation inviting people of faith to pray for our country.
Believe it or not, the month of May has arrived, and TOMORROW is the first Thursday. While I will join our brothers and sisters in Duluth for a time of prayer, events are occurring throughout the state and the main point is this: devote extra time on Thursday to praying for our nation, our state, and our leaders.
The national theme this year is “Love One Another,” taken from John 13:34. Some things I would encourage you to pray for:
- Pray for people to see each other first and foremost as made in the image of our Creator – worthy of love and respect.
- Pray for the Church to be a light that shows the rest of the nation how to love one another.
- Pray for families, workplaces, communities, and cities in America to exhibit Christ-like love.
- Pray that racial barriers and increasing “tribalism” is torn down and that our eyes become fixed on the Lord and His command to love our neighbor.
- Pray that our love for Him, His truth, and His creation drives us to a great unity and a spiritual awakening unlike any we have ever seen.
- Pray for forgiveness for the sins we have committed against God in America. We fail Him by dishonoring one another through our harsh and bitter words about each other. We fail Him through broken relationships. We fail Him by devaluing human life from conception until death. And we fail Him with the division in our nation.
- Pray for President Trump and for our national leaders. Pray that the right appointments are made, and that the policy direction set from Washington, DC benefits our nation for generations to come. Pray for real, genuine relationships with the Lord to be had and to be strengthened.
- Pray for Governor Kemp, Lt. Governor Duncan, and all our state leaders. Pray for our leaders in their role as spouses, parents, and followers of Christ. Pray that they live faithfully and walk humbly before God in their personal lives and that this translates into their role in public service. Thank the Lord that He has raised up many to key positions who love Him, and pray that He brings honor and blessing to them.
- Pray for our policy – that its intent is realized, that it puts families first, and that it honors the Lord. Pray specifically for our Heartbeat Bill and that it brings us closer to a Georgia where life is truly cherished.
- And, finally, pray for the Church to be salt and light and to “stand firm and take action.” Pray for more pastors to preach about life, God’s design, sexuality, and the responsibility held by parents. Pray that believers will engage, run for office, partner with ministries like ours, and commit to seeing God glorified in our culture.
You can access a list of local events on the National Day of Prayer website.
Wherever you are on Thursday, May 2—whether at a National Day of Prayer event, at work, or in the comfort of your home—I encourage you to join us as we lift up our state and nation in prayer and ask God to bring healing and revival.
President and Executive Director