Thursday, May 5 is the 2022 National Day of Prayer. According to nationaldayofprayer.org, “The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people 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.”
The site also states, “The National Day of Prayer exists to mobilize unified public prayer for America.”
To follow are personal words of faith, specifically prayers, written by church figures within our community.
Heavenly Father, On this day we turn attention to you in prayer, and we may wonder what difference it makes? Father, we have come through two tough years because of the pandemic in which we asked for You to take it away; now it looks like the world is on the brink of major war. We ask for You to intercede, to bring Your peace in the midst of the impossible. And again we may wonder where You are in the midst of what is happening?
Yet God we know that Your promise is not that in this life we will have ease and comfort, that is in the next life to come. Your Son promises that in this life we will have trouble, but that we can take heart, as He has overcome the world. He has overcome sin and death, and He promises eternal life. He has overcome sickness and disease, and He promises a great final healing. He has overcome betrayal and loneliness, and He has promised reconciliation, belonging, and that He will never leave us or abandon us. Almighty and gracious God we ask that Your promises would be an anchor for our souls. That in the vast dark sea of despair these promises would help hold us fast, and that we would not drift away from Your goodness. We ask for the impossible to help heal the great divide in our communities, our nation, and the world. Remind us that the impossible is where You excel. You are the miracle worker, the great physician, and the lover of each of our souls. Help us to understand your love and compassion as we see it on full display through your Son Jesus as he went to cross to redeem us and make a way for us back to You. May we love You deeper as we know that You truly make all the difference, and help us to love each other as that would be enough. Amen
Pastor Patrick Embley
First Baptist Church
On this National Day of Prayer, we remember those from the past and the present who have prayed and are praying for and with us.
God empty us of everything- even ourselves and fill us with Your Spirit. Help us to pour out all that holds us back from praising You. Pour in the Holy Spirit to confess our sins before You; then, help us O Lord to pour forth the Spirit that is transforming us from the inside out. Your Holy Spirit dwells in us each moment, giving us comfort, guiding and directing us. Thank You for Your grace and presence. Give us guidance and grace to walk in Your light every day. Fill us with love that casts out fear. Fill us with hope that endures. Fill us with strength when we’re tired. Fill us with patience for our families, friends, and coworkers. Fill us with Jesus, who is all we need. Let me not lose heart. We choose to turn our eyes to You and seek Your face. We lay before You the concerns we have, the challenges that are before us and the tiredness we can sometimes feel. Come refill our lives, our hearts and our souls with Your everlasting power. Please work through us to bring blessing and peace to all those we meet along the path. May every coming hour be filled with your presence Lord. We pray for The Christian Church, to minister to ALL of God’s people everywhere. We pray for our Nation and our World. Lord, may we be bold witnesses of the resurrection. God, thank You for working everything for our good. Thank You for never leaving us or forsaking us, O God. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Reverend Gifty Roberts Smith
Murrayville & Asbury UMC
Lord, move upon this nation to draw us back to you. Restore spiritual health to our cities, nation and families. Move upon the hearts of the citizens, the legislators, the leaders of all branches of government to submit their way to the Lord, for your holy word proclaims “righteousness exalts a nation.” (Proverbs 14:34.)
Clear lines seem to be no longer visible to individuals. Anger, rage, hostility have bred into our national psyche. We need a sovereign move of the Holy Spirit to break chains of darkness that keep people bound in sin and confusion. We ask for a sovereign move of God that pours out wave after wave of Holy Spirit activity.
We pray that your love guides people to your throne. We pray for people to humble themselves in the sight of God, and exalt you and your ways among us. We pray that you provoke this world, and our nation toward godliness. May our nation, as it turns to you, experience the blessing, favor and power of Almighty God.
May love for one another be restored, replacing injustice, prejudice, malice,
contempt, dishonor, disrespect and intolerance. Make us a people ready for the move of God.
We pray for a revival. Come Holy Spirit. Fall upon us we pray. Save our souls, fill us with the Holy Spirit and power, and conform us to your image.
In the mighty name of Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.
Rev. Timothy R. Kruzan
Lead Pastor, City Church