Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Today is the National Day of Prayer, and it promises to be unlike any other our nation has seen in recent memory. Though many events will be virtual, National Day of Prayer is shaping up to be the biggest event so far! Today, we come together with united hearts and prayers asking for our nation to be filled with the glory of the knowledge of God—this year’s theme for National Day of Prayer.

As Christians, we have everlasting hope in Christ, even when we are suffering and our nation experiences unique challenges. We have hope because God’s Word assures us all our present suffering is temporary and can’t be compared with the glory that will be revealed to us. God’s Word also charges us to continue to “press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).

Family Policy Alliance® has leaned into God’s promises and continues to press forward in the mission to which He’s called our ministry. As we all join together in prayer today for our nation and our states, I would like to invite you to join us in praying for these four specific needs:

  1. Over the past couple months, the abortion industry has ramped up their efforts to push abortion-on-demand—even in the midst of COVID-19. They are also attempting to make “virtual abortions” (those where an abortion drug is prescribed over webcam) widely available. Family Policy Alliance has been on the front lines standing against the abortion lobby. Please join us in praying that life will prevail over death in America.
  2. We continue to hear from parents experiencing truly harmful (sometimes even pornographic) curriculum in their children’s schools. We work to equip these parents with their rights—and even to help them change the laws and regulations in their states or districts. Will you join us in praying for God’s hand of protection to be on children in America’s schools and strength for their parents to take appropriate action??
  3. Churches have willingly closed their doors—while still doing Kingdom work in many amazing ways—in order to help with efforts to stop COVID-19. Yet, in many places, churches have also been targets for religious discrimination in the midst of the hodgepodge of regulations surrounding states and cities. We have been informing and equipping churches so they can work with government bodies—and push back when government goes too far. Will you pray for America’s churches as they serve their communities with passion and grace—and as they take a stand for religious freedom when necessary?
  4. As the dust settles on COVID-19, America will head into a monumental event—Election 2020. Will you pray for God to call men and women who seek to serve Him first in their roles as lawmakers to run for office at the local, state and national levels? And will you pray that this election will make it possible for our laws to better protect life, help families thrive, and honor our God?

As you join millions of others tomorrow in prayer, know that Family Policy Alliance is joining in to pray for this nation—and for you.

For His glory,

Stephanie Curry
Policy Manager

 

P.S. For National Day of Prayer events, resources, prayer guides and more visit https://www.nationaldayofprayer.org/

I think it is safe to say that most people pray for a variety of things: families, friends, jobs, the church we attend, and many similar items.  However, there is often something missing in our prayers – our nation. I think you would agree that our nation needs continual prayers, but now more than ever. With the COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting angry rhetoric on social media, criticism of state and national leaders no matter what they do, and general fear of the future, our nation needs prayer!

It so happens we are coming up on a day dedicated to just that: National Day of Prayer, to be held on May 7 this year. This event reminds us to focus on our country and thank God for the freedoms we share, as well as the challenges we all face as Americans.

This year’s National Day of Prayer event in North Dakota is again the result of proclamations by the President and by Governor Burgum. Every state governor, plus the governors of several U.S. territories, typically sign similar proclamations. It is estimated that in recent years over two million people have attended more than 30,000 observances.

National Day of Prayer is based on our understanding that this country was birthed in prayer and in reverence for the God of the Bible.  Our founding fathers were people of faith and they established our great country on these principles.  They knew that our country could only survive and flourish by the grace and provision of our God.  As Patrick Henry so eloquently put it, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”  Freedom and liberty find their roots in our faith, and our faith is sustained and strengthened through prayer.

As in past years, our state’s National Day of Prayer events will focus on seven key areas: government, church, business, military, family, education, and media.  Prayer events will be held in various places across North Dakota, but as you might expect, the formats will be different than in past years. Due to COVID-19, each location will be holding their event in a unique manner.

To find an event near you and details on how it will be held, simply:

Thank you again for lifting up our nation and state to God in prayer!

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

National Day of Prayer was held in thousands of places around the country today. National Day of Prayer is based on our understanding that this country was founded on biblical values and that we can only have a relationship with God through prayer.

Our founding fathers were people of faith and they established our great country on these principles.  They knew that our country could only survive and flourish by the grace and provision of God.  As I’ve mentioned in the past, Patrick Henry states this quite eloquently.

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.” 

Freedom and liberty find their roots in our faith, and our faith is sustained and strengthened through prayer.

Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota once again participated at the National Day of Prayer event in Bismarck at the State Capitol and helped organize the event along with other community organizations.  The event began with the reading of Governor Burgum’s North Dakota Day of Prayer Proclamation.  That was followed by various community leaders, each praying for a different subject: government, church, business, military, family, education, and media.

As in past years, we had a great turnout at the Capitol for the event, with hundreds of North Dakotans in attendance. In addition to Bismarck, many other National Day of Prayer events occurred in other large and small cities across North Dakota. Today was a great celebration, lifting our gratitude, concerns, and praise to our Lord.

We thank those who showed up at the various locations around the state to pray. Let’s remember that our nation needs prayer on a continual basis, so please do not “tire and grow weary” in this important task.

I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.

 I Timothy 2: 1-2

Prayerfully,

Mak Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

“Love one another. Just as I have loved you.” -John 13:34

Dear Friends:

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:

  1. Pray for people to see each other first and foremost as made in the image of our Creator – worthy of love and respect.
  2. Pray for the Church to be a light that shows the rest of the nation how to love one another.
  3. Pray for families, workplaces, communities, and cities in America to exhibit Christ-like love.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

In Love,

Cole Muzio
President and Executive Director

“Love one another. Just as I have loved you.” -John 13:34

Dear Friends:

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.

I am pleased to announce that we have once again partnered with New Mexico Prays for this year’s National Day of Prayer gathering in Albuquerque. Special guests will include Pastor Skip Heitzig of Calvary Church, Archbishop John Wester of the Diocese of Santa Fe, other New Mexico pastors, and several local leaders. The gathering will begin at 11:30 a.m., at Civic Plaza. I hope to see you there!

The national theme this year is “Love One Another,” taken from John 13:34. As such, we will be focusing our prayers this year on the following prayer points:

  1. Pray for America to love one another.
  2. Pray for the church in America to love one another.
  3. Pray for families, workplaces, communities, and cities in America to love one another.
  4. Pray for all ethnicities and people in America to love one another.
  5. Pray we will love God and each other so much that we will agree clearly, unite visibly, and pray extraordinarily for the next great spiritual awakening in America.
  6. 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.

 For those of you outside the Albuquerque area, there are several other National Day of Prayer events happening across the state, including gatherings in Alamogordo, Belen, Clovis, Gallup, Hobbs, Las Cruces, Rio Rancho, Roswell, Ruidoso, Santa Fe, and Taos. You can access a list of those events on the National Day of Prayer website by clicking here.

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.

Blessings,

Vince Torres
President and Executive Director

Every day is a day to pray for America, but this Thursday – the National Day of Prayer – is a special reminder of the critical importance of lifting our nation before the Lord.

We all have a tendency to trust in our own efforts.  At Family Policy Alliance, we certainly believe that this team effort to mobilize citizens, equip Statesmen, and elect principled, pro-family leaders is a proven and worthy plan.  But we dare not put our trust in it.  As the Psalmist wrote, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”

So please do join with Family Policy Alliance in these efforts.  But together, let’s put our trust in the only One who can truly heal our land.  And that starts with hitting our knees on Thursday – and hopefully every day.

National Day of Prayer, an annual event celebrated around our country, will be held here in North Dakota on Thursday, May 3 from 12:00-1:00pm in Memorial Hall at the State Capitol.  Additional National Day of Prayer events will be held around our state.  To find a location near you, go to the National Day of Prayer website and simply search for “North Dakota”.

National Day of Prayer is critically important for our nation, as it reminds us that our founding fathers were people of faith and that they established our great country on these principles. The principles of freedom and liberty that established our country find their roots in our faith, and our faith is sustained and strengthened through prayer.

Please join us praying for seven key areas of our nation: government, church, business, military, family, education, and media.  Last year, over 300 North Dakotans attended the event at the Capitol, including many young men and women from our local schools. There is no need to register, just come down and participate.  We look forward to seeing you there as we lift up our nation in prayer!

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

“…making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:3 (CSB)

Dear Friends:

In 1952, President Harry S. Truman signed a joint resolution passed by the U.S. Congress establishing the National Day of Prayer. Since that time, every President has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation inviting people of faith to pray for our nation.

This year, I am pleased to announce that Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico has partnered with New Mexico Prays, a cross-denominational, Christ-centered prayer movement, to help organize this year’s National Day of Prayer gathering in Albuquerque. Special guests will include Pastor Skip Heitzig, Archbishop John Wester, other New Mexico pastors, and several local leaders. The gathering will begin at 11:30 a.m., at Civic Plaza. We hope to see you there!

The national theme this year is UNITY, taken from Ephesians 4:13 – “…making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” As such, we will be focusing some of our prayer on the following prayer points:

For those of you outside the Albuquerque area, there are several other National Day of Prayer events happening across the state, including gatherings in Alto, Alamogordo, Deming, Las Cruces, Los Lunas, Rio Rancho, Ruidoso, Santa Fe, and Taos. You can access a list of those events on the National Day of Prayer website.

.My good friend, Pastor Brian Alarid, Chairman of New Mexico Prays, once said, “Prayer is the language that unites hearts, and unity paves the way for God to change a city, a state, and a nation.”

 We believe this. So, wherever you are next Thursday – whether at a National Day of Prayer event, or in the comfort of your home – please join us as we lift up our state and nation in prayer and ask the good Lord to do what only He can do.

God bless you and have a wonderful week.

Sincerely,


Vince Torres
Executive Director

 

If you are like me, there are many things you pray for on a regular basis. These often include our families, friends, jobs, the church we attend, and many similar items. However, there is often something missing in our prayers; our nation.

I think you would agree that our nation is in need of continual prayers, but it’s easy to forget. In that regard, I have good news for you. May 3rd is National Day of Prayer, which is dedicated to praying for the various facets of our great nation. This event reminds us once a year to focus on our country and thank God for the freedoms we share, as well as the challenges we face as Americans.

This year’s National Day of Prayer event in North Dakota is again the result of a national proclamation by the President and by our Governor. Every state governor, plus the governors of several U.S. territories, typically sign similar proclamations. It is estimated that in recent years over two million people attended more than 30,000 observances.

National Day of Prayer is critically important for our nation, as it reminds us that our founding fathers were people of faith and that they established our great country on these principles. As George Washington stated, “Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor…unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our national government a blessing to all the People”.

The principles of freedom and liberty that established our country find their roots in our faith, and our faith is sustained and strengthened through prayer.

Our state’s National Day of Prayer event will focus on seven key areas: government, church, business, military, family, education, and media. The event will be held on Thursday, May 3rd, from 12:00-1:00pm in Memorial Hall at the State Capitol. Last year over 300 North Dakotans attended the event, including many young men and women from our local schools. There is no need to register, just come down and participate.

We look forward to seeing you there as we lift up our nation in prayer!

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

 

National Day of Prayer was held in thousands of places around the country yesterday. National Day of Prayer is based on our understanding that this country was birthed in prayer and in reverence for the God of the Bible.

Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota participated at the National Day of Prayer event at the State Capitol in Bismarck. Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford opened the event by reading a statement from Gov. Burgum. That was followed by various community leaders praying for different subjects and by music from Tigirlily. I was honored to pray for God’s continued grace and provision of North Dakota families.

This year, roughly 350 North Dakotans attended the event, which was fabulous. We even had 55 students from Shiloh Christian School attending, which was wonderful, since it symbolized the commitment of our youth to the importance of prayer in their Christian lives. It was a great celebration, lifting our gratitude, concerns, and praise to our Lord.

We understand if you were unable to make yesterday’s event. However, we encourage you to try and attend next year. In the meantime, let’s remember to continue lifting our praise and concerns up to our Heavenly Father every day.

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
Executive Director