Founded in 1952 by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Truman, the National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday in May. The 2019 theme comes from John 13:34: “Love one another. Just as I have loved you.

I hope you’ll take time to pray through the four prayer priorities for May 2019 listed on the National Day of Prayer’s website and excerpted below:

Ask God to bless the United States of America

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” Psalm 33:12

  • Ask God to forgive us as a nation for our sinful choices and ways, and extending blessing and favor upon the U.S. because of His great mercy.
  • Ask God to bless America by securing our nation from all evil and harm from within our nation and from outside our nation.

Pray for Americans to Love One Another, beginning among Christ Followers

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

  • The present anger, division, and broken relationships in America are calling us to pray for and take all necessary actions to remember God’s love for us so we will love one another.
  • God is the only One who can bring unity, harmony, and oneness in America; therefore, we look only to Him in prayer.

Pray for the centers of influence in America

“First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2

  • Pray for the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the U.S. and Arizona governments to respect one another, and work together for the good of our nation and state.
  • Pray for families, churches, businesses, media, educational institutions, and leaders to lead with integrity and be respectful of all people.

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