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The National Day of Prayer

Thursday, May 3, 2012

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD . . " (Psalm 33:12)

Are We Still One Nation Under God?

The National Day of Prayer is just around the corner and America needs your prayers now more than ever. We continue to face unabated moral decline, economic turmoil, military conflict in the Middle East, and ever-increasing assaults against our religious liberty. Given these urgent concerns, it's imperative that we remain on our knees in contrite supplication for our great nation.

Throughout the six decades since Congress established an annual National Day of Prayer, untold millions of Americans have come together every year to express humble reliance upon the Almighty. On May 3, 2012, citizens will once again gather stateside, and at points around the globe, to lift our nation and leaders before the Lord. In doing so, we pay tribute to the example set by our Founding Fathers and by presidents down through the years who have exhorted the American people to seek God's help and deliverance during trying times. As Abraham Lincoln presided over a war-torn land, he called on his fellow citizens to take part in a day of fasting and prayer, making this statement:

". . . it is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon, and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history: that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord. . ."

What a powerful reminder of the true source of our well-being.

Because our nation continues to navigate through extremely challenging and pivotal days, the National Day of Prayer Task Force has chosen One Nation Under God as the 2012 theme. The inspiration is found in Psalm 33:12, which offers this important reminder: "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. . . " In addition, Dr. David Jeremiah, Founder of Turning Point and Senior Pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church, has agreed to serve as this year's Honorary Chairman. Dr. Jeremiah's understanding of Scripture and his ability to articulate those insights will undoubtedly make him an outstanding advocate for the upcoming events.

In light of our theme for 2012, we must ask the question:
Are We Still One Nation Under God?

The great statesman Edmund Burke said that "whatever disunites man from God, also disunites man from man." Our continued unity as a nation is directly dependent upon our willingness to join together as "one nation under God," petitioning the Almighty for His blessing upon us. Uniting in prayer will strengthen the ties that bind us together as Americans, and collectively appropriate the benefits promised by our Creator to those who humbly seek Him.
Our nation was built on a foundation of strong faith, and in some respects, that core belief in God hasn't changed. According to many researchers, 88% of Americans believe in God, 85% believe in miracles, 77% pray outside of religious services and 75% believe it's a parent's responsibility to give children a religious upbringing. As books with titles like "God is Not Great" and "The God Delusion" have climbed the best-seller lists in recent years, sociologists have speculated about a new atheism in the U.S. This couldn't be further from the truth. According to researchers only 5% of respondents to a recent survey didn't believe in God. In fact, 67% said they pray regularly because it brings them comfort and hope.

Faith has always been the golden strand that binds Americans together - faith not only in the promises and benefits of freedom, but ultimately, in the grace and benevolence of the Creator whose hand has sustained and upheld this country throughout its history. Benjamin Franklin understood this when he said: "The longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And, if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? I therefore beg leave to move, that henceforth prayers, imploring the assistance of heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business. . ."

It was in 1954 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized the addition of two powerful words to the Pledge of Allegiance, "under God" stating: "In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America's heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's most powerful resource in peace and war."

The President, while sitting in Lincoln's pew, had been inspired by Reverend Docherty as he delivered a sermon based on the Gettysburg Address titled, "A New Birth of Freedom." President Eisenhower then challenged the citizens of this great nation to remember the God of our fathers for those two words captured "the characteristic and definitive factor in the American way of life."

Many have speculated that the words "under God" were added to the pledge because of the Red Scare or that they were used only by Abraham Lincoln when addressing the soldiers at Gettysburg. When, in fact, it was a concept forged into the minds of our Founding Fathers when Henry Bracton (cir 1210-1268), considered to be the father of modern law, wrote that leaders must be sub deo et lege - under God and law. This core philosophy of leadership was the basis of contention between Sir Edward Cokes and King James (1620) when the king was reminded of this very principle that leaders must be accountable to God or nations will fall back into tyranny and justice cannot prevail. This historic dialog is etched on the door of the Supreme Court. In fact, twenty-one of the Founding Fathers used the term along with many poets and historians. "A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do" - Woodrow Wilson.

There have been over 965 proclamations for prayer in America's history since 1775. In total 34 of the 44 U.S. Presidents have issued proclamations for a National Day of Prayer and of the ten who did not, three died while serving in office. It is America's faith that has made us great. Our republic is built on a foundation of Judeo-Christian principles and it has been the very concept of a nation accountable to a higher authority that has established this lasting democracy. John Adams wrote, "The Christian religion is, above all the religions that ever prevailed or existed in ancient or modern times, the religion of wisdom, virtue, equity and humanity . . ."

The prayers of godly people in the United States are the strong thread that binds us together. Because we have been one nation under God for more than two centuries, we continue to enjoy the fruit of His blessings and the individual liberties we hold so dear. Godly people who know the value of earnest prayer are the backbone of our nation. May we be steadfast in our humble obedience to Him and boldly declare that we are one people united through His powerful name, indeed one nation, under God.

-- 1These results are based on a May 1-2, 2010 USA Today/Gallup poll. They are generally consistent with the religious and Christian orientation of Americans. The poll finds Americans in widespread agreement that prayers are heard and responded to - 83% say there is a God who answers prayers, while 9% believe there is a God who does not answer prayers and 5% believe no God exists.


Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life - Additional research: Barna Research Group and Parade Magazine (2009). Research suggests 88% - 96% of Americans have faith in a Supreme Being.


Article research: Phil Williams and David Barton


Our Mission:

The mission of the National Day of Prayer Task Force is to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture.

Our Vision:

In accordance with Biblical truth, the National Day of Prayer Task Force seeks to:

1) Mobilize and encourage personal and corporate prayer on the first Thursday of May and throughout the year, regardless of current issues and positions (Colossians 4:2, Romans 12:12, Matthew 18:19-20, Joel 2:13-16, II Chronicles 7:14) 2) Preserve America's Christian heritage and defend the religious freedoms granted by the Constitution (Deuteronomy 6:6-8, Proverbs 14:34)

3) Emphasize prayer for America and its leadership in the seven centers of power: Government, Military, Media, Business, Education, Church and Family (I Timothy 2:1-6)

4) Foster unity within the Christian Church (Psalm 133:1, Ephesians 4:11-13)

Our Values:

1) Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength (Mark 12:30/ Deuteronomy 6:4-5)

2) Respect all people, regardless of gender, race, socio-economic status or creed (Mark 12:31)

3) Be wise stewards of God's resources and provision (Matthew 25:14-30)

Who We Are and What We Do:

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Our Task Force is a privately funded organization whose purpose is to encourage participation on the National Day of Prayer. It exists to communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer, to create appropriate materials, and to mobilize the Christian community to intercede for America's leaders and its families. The Task Force represents a Judeo Christian expression of the national observance, based on our understanding that this country was birthed in prayer and in reverence for the God of the Bible.


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