National Day of Prayer: May 7, 2015

Official 2015 National Day of Prayer poster (Courtesy)

Official 2015 National Day of Prayer poster (Courtesy)

The 64th Annual National Day of Prayer for the United States is May 7, 2015. It is held on the first Thursday in May each year. Organizers encourage all Americans to take time throughout their day to lift up our nation in prayer.

Why Pray for America?

According to the National Day of Prayer Task Force, a non-denominational Christian organization backing the initiative, “As we pray for America, whose pledge of allegiance recounts that we are ‘one nation under God,’ and whose currency states that it is ‘in God we trust,’ we want Americans to encounter the God who rules over their country. He is the One who gave us this promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14: ‘If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.’ As we humbly and diligently seek Him, we’ll be changed, and we’ll see transformation in America through our prayer!”

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Resources

The Task Force also encourages prayer as a regular part of family life in America. Toward that end, it offers a The Power of Family Prayer, a guide for families. To view or download the guide, click here. It is one of several resources made available by the Task Force.

Prayer for the USA

The suggested prayer for this year was written by Dr. Jack Graham and is reprinted below.

Heavenly Father,

We come to You in the Name that is above every name—Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Our hearts cry out to You.

Knowing that You are a prayer-answering, faithful God—the One we trust in times like these—we ask that You renew our spirits, revive our churches, and heal our land.

We repent of our sins and ask for Your grace and power to save us. Hear our cry, oh God, and pour out Your Spirit upon us that we may walk in obedience to Your Word.

We are desperate for Your tender mercies. We are broken and humbled before You.

Forgive us, and in the power of Your great love, lift us up to live in Your righteousness.

We pray for our beloved nation. May we repent and return to You and be a light to the nations. And we pray for our leaders and ask that You give them wisdom and faith to follow You.

Preserve and protect us, for You are our refuge and only hope.

Deliver us from all fears except to fear You, and may we courageously stand in the Truth that sets us free.

We pray with expectant faith and grateful hearts.

In Jesus’ name, our Savior.

Amen.

Another suggested prayer is offered by the website Catholic.org. It is reprinted below with editing to indicate in brackets the optional phrase for those for whom the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is an article of faith.

God our Father,  Giver of life, we entrust the United States of America to Your loving care.

You are the rock on which this nation was founded. You alone are the true source of our cherished rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Reclaim this land for Your glory and dwell among Your people.

Send Your Spirit to touch the hearts of our nation’s leaders. Open their minds to the great worth of human life and the responsibilities that accompany human freedom. Remind Your people that true happiness is rooted in seeking and doing Your will.

[ Through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, Patroness of our land,]
grant us the courage to reject the “culture of death.” Lead us into a new millennium of life.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

 

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