68th National Day of Prayer May 2, 2019


The upcoming 68th annual National Day of Prayer is on May 2, 2019. Our theme for 2019 is LOVE ONE ANOTHER  based upon John 13:34 which challenges "Love One Another Just As I Have Loved You"


Please mark your calendar now to come out and join hands in prayer for our nation @ 7:00 P.M.


Dr. Ronnie Floyd, president of the National Day of Prayer

“Love can change America,” Floyd said in announcing the theme to a gathering of leaders from across the country.

“We need a baptism of love by the Holy Spirit that will immerse the entire Church of Jesus Christ in America and a baptism of love that will immerse all of America today,” he added later. “From the church house to the state house and all the way to the White House, we need to learn to love one another.”

The pastor and former Southern Baptist Convention president said the theme is one that has potential to engage all Americans because it is biblical, relevant, clear, simple, and understandable.

Even among the vast majority of America that “doesn’t look like us, believe like us, talk like us, and understand us,” Floyd said, “They understand that America’s broken. They may not understand why. But they understand America’s broken, and in their mindset, if there’s a God who exists, He’s about the only one who can fix it.”

Looking back at the 2018 National Day of Prayer, Floyd reported that there were more than 50,000 prayer observances estimated to have occurred that day. In addition, the Day of Prayer trended #1 nationwide on Twitter throughout the day, and there were around 100,000 social media posts on Twitter and Instagram alone about the Day of Prayer.

The National Observance in Washington, D.C., meanwhile, was broadcast in 200 countries of the world and 1.5 billion homes via Daystar TV, as well as through God TV and 120 radio stations nationwide. The video recording of the observance, furthermore, has had more than one million views on Facebook from 38 countries around the world. In addition, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association tracked more than 3,700 persons who came to faith in Jesus Christ largely due to the national observance and its public appeal to come to Jesus Christ.

“2018 was epic and unprecedented with response, largely due to God’s favor,” Floyd said.

Floyd urged believers across the nation to do everything they can to call people in the United States to unite in public prayer in the days leading up to and on the National Day of Prayer, May 2, 2019.

“This is our message. This is what we will declare. This is what we will believe. This is what we will advance. This is what we will forward. This is the message of Jesus: ‘Love one another, just as I have loved you,’” Floyd said.

More specifically, Floyd asked everyone to share and advance the message through social media using the official hashtag for the day of prayer: #love1another.

“I need you to do something greater than that,” he continued. “I need you to begin to live it. And I need you to help me call America to it. And forward it to the 350,000 churches and 200 denominations that are in desperate, desperate need for it.”

The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was unanimously amended by both the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on Thursday, May 5, 1988, designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer. Every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.

 

2019 Prayer

ALMIGHTY GOD, our Heavenly Father, we look to You alone for the future of America. By Your providence, You have placed each of us here at this time in history to be in this nation. Thank You for this blessing. Thank You for America.

BUT ABOVE ALL, we thank You for the gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. It is in His name, we come to You as we intercede in prayer for America.

FORGIVE US, OH LORD, for the sins we have committed against You in America. We are failing You by dishonoring one another through our harsh and bitter words about each other. We are failing You through broken relationships. We are failing You by devaluing human life from conception until death. We are failing You with the division in our nation.

LORD, WE TURN FROM these sinful actions and refuse to live this way. Please forgive us now and help us to choose love over hate, unity over division, and life over death.

WE CHOOSE to live by Jesus’ words: Love One Another. Therefore, upon the authority of Your Word in John 13:34, “Love one another. Just as I have loved you,” we pray for a future America that will choose to love willfully, sacrificially, and unconditionally just like Jesus loves us.

WE PRAY FOR THE CHURCH in America to love one another. Empower each church to be full of love for one another. Ignite a revival of love for one another. Since we are to be known by our love, help us to love one another.

WE PRAY FOR EVERY FAMILY, EVERY WORKPLACE, EVERY COMMUNITY, AND EVERY CITY IN AMERICA to choose love. We believe there is power in love. We believe love is the better way. We believe love is God’s Way. Oh Lord, change families, workplaces, communities, and cities through the power of love. Raise up a Love One Another movement across America.

WE PRAY FOR ALL ETHNICITIES AND PEOPLE IN AMERICA to love one another. Lord, tear down every wall of division and change any attitude that divides us today. Bind up our nation’s wounds and may the transforming love of God lead us to the day when justice will roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

WE PRAY FOR YOUR LOVE to surround America. We pray for Your love to surround and protect us in every public setting and private place. Protect us from harm.

WE BELIEVE ALL OF THESE THINGS, OH LORD, represent our deep need for the next great move of God across America. We ask You alone for the next Great Spiritual Awakening in America. Please, oh God, wake up Your church and revive Your people today. We ask You to begin a mighty spiritual awakening in every town, every city, and every county in America.

WE NEED AND DESIRE THIS SO MUCH, THAT BEGINNING RIGHT NOW, we are choosing love and forgiveness, love and restitution, love and healing, love and unity, and a future that will be transformed by the power of unconditional love. When we belong to You, we belong to love. We choose to Love One Another!

IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, the only Savior and Hope in this world we pray. Amen.

Dr. Ronnie Floyd
President, National Day of Prayer Task Force
Senior Pastor, Cross Church