The National Day of Prayer belongs to all Americans. It is a day that transcends differences, bringing together citizens from all backgrounds. Join us at a prayer walk this year as we humble ourselves before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people. A series of prayer stations will be set up with prompts to guide you through the prayer walk.
The 2021 National Day of Prayer theme prays: ”LORD pour out Your LOVE, LIFE, and LIBERTY” from 2 Corinthians 3:17, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
About the National Day of Prayer
Because of the faith of many of our founding fathers, public prayer and national days of prayer have a long-standing and significant history in American tradition. The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.
We live in a nation that does not respect life – all life from womb to tomb. We are surrounded by people who cannot be inconvenienced or made uncomfortable to keep the heartbeat of others beating. Whether it is an unborn child, the homeless or hungry, orphans and widows, or others who are vulnerable and need compassion and thoughtfulness. Everyone needs to know that they were created by God and that He loved them so much He put His image in them and authored their value and purpose that no person can take away from them. As followers of Jesus we must come together in obedient unity and love that spreads God’s glory across the earth. We must share this message of love and life, so that our neighbors, co-workers, classmates – so that all the world would come to repentance, that none may perish but would have freedom from the stain and shame of sin. Everyone can have freedom ring in their hearts, liberty that pronounces us “NOT GUILTY” from the One true Judge. God alone is our judge and in Christ alone, we experience authentic, eternal liberty.
It is our prayer today and throughout 2021 that the Spirit of the Lord pour out through us across America to fill our lives, families, churches, workplace, education, military, government, arts, entertainment and media with biblical — not cultural, not worldly — Spirit-empowered, Spirit-filled LOVE, LIFE and LIBERTY as designed by our Creator and Savior.