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National Day of Prayer

National Day of Prayer 2012
May 3, 2012

One Nation Under God
"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord."
Psalm 33:12

National Day of Prayer 2011
May 5, 2011

A Mighty Fortress is our God
"I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God, in whom I trust."
Psalm 91:2

President Proclamation
National Day of Prayer 2010

Throughout our history, whether in times of great joy and thanksgiving, or in times of great challenge and uncertainty, Americans have turned to prayer. In prayer, we have expressed gratitude and humility, sought guidance and forgiveness, and received inspiration and assistance, both in good times and in bad. On this day, let us give thanks for the many blessings God has bestowed upon our Nation.

Let us rejoice for the blessing of freedom both to believe and to live our beliefs, and for the many other freedoms and opportunities that bring us together as one Nation. Let us ask for wisdom, compassion, and discernment of justice as we address the great challenges of our time.

Pray for the President

Pray for President Obama and his family
Pray for the President and his family

Obama's Remarks at National Prayer Breakfast By Barack Obama 02.3.2011
Washington Hilton, Washington D.C.
9:00 A.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. To the co-chairs, Jeff and Ann; to all the members of Congress who are here, the distinguished guests who've traveled so far to be here this morning; to Randall for your wonderful stories and powerful prayer; to all who are here providing testimony, thank you so much for having me and Michelle here. We are blessed to be here.

I want to begin by just saying a word to Mark Kelly, who's here. We have been praying for Mark's wife, Gabby Giffords, for many days now. But I want Gabby and Mark and their entire family to know that we are with them for the long haul, and God is with them for the long haul. (Applause.)

And even as we pray for Gabby in the aftermath of a tragedy here at home, we're also mindful of the violence that we're now seeing in the Middle East, and we pray that the violence in Egypt will end and that the rights and aspirations of the Egyptian people will be realized and that a better day will dawn over Egypt and throughout the world. MORE...

Prayer for the Election 11.1.2010
Rev. Daniel P. Coughlin
Chaplain, U.S. House of Representatives

Almighty and ever–living God, bound in faithful love to Your people, be attentive to our deepest needs; for as a nation we place all our trust in You.

Since election day approaches, we pray for all those who have placed their name before the people; to seal their commitment of public service for the common good. Purify the intentions of those who deserve the public trust. Transform self interest into compassion for Your people, as You make them harbingers of our future.

Empower each voter with Your Spirit; so that as the free people of Your creation they may recognize truth and personal integrity in those they choose. May the representative government they place in service mirror their own commitment to search out the ways of peace with others and establish an economic stability where justice will flourish for all.

May a new era of patriotism dawn upon the United States; a patriotism strong enough to carry us through difficult times and flexible enough to embrace authentic creativity. Drawing upon the resources of university and business, may the legal and social development of Your people help all citizens realize their full potential in Your sight. For Your wisdom is revealed to us and in us both now and forever. Amen.

Karen Bronson
Chaplain's Liaison to Staff
[email protected]
http://chaplain.house.gov

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A Call to Prayer - June 24, 2010
Join the Nation in Praying for the Gulf Oil Disaster on Sunday, June 27, 2010

"I will say to the Lord, my refuge and my fortess, my God in whom I trust!" (Psalm 91:2)
As we find ourselves in the midst of the greatest man-made environmental disaster in our history, the Florida Family Policy Council is joining in prayer with those throughout the Gulf Coast and around the nation to ask for God's mercy and help. Many are facing a sense of helplessness during this ongoing crisis and we are reminded by history that our nation has turned to prayer and humility before God during challenging times.

Consider this quote from President Ronald Reagan:
"We face great challenges in this country, but we've faced great challenges before and conquered them. What carried us through was a willingness to seek power and protection from One much greater than ourselves, to turn back to Him and to trust in His mercy."

Remarks at the Annual National Prayer Breakfast February 3, 1983 (Source: Florida Family Policy Council)
Areas of Prayer Focus
    • Give comfort to the families of those killed in the initial oil rig blast
  • • Grant success to the efforts to stem the flow of escaping oil
  • • Intervene to mitigate further damage and strengthen the hands of clean up crews
  • • Sustain those whose livelihood is directly impacted by this tragedy
  • • Preserve the health of citizens along the coastal regions
  • • Comfort the minds of all citizens, reminding us that He is a strong refuge in times of trouble
  • • Guide the counsels of our civil leaders and provide them with wisdom and Divinely inspired solutions to the many complex problems associated with this disaster
  • • Pray that God will prevent future recurrences and prevent Hurricanes in the affected areas

Gulf Coast Governors Join in the Call to Prayer

Governors of Four Gulf Coast States Sign: "The Gulf Coast Disaster Day of Prayer."
As of yesterday, the Governors of the States of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and the Lt. Governor of the State of Florida had all signed a proclamation, calling for a day of prayer on Sunday, which was written by David Barton.

Please find below a portion of that decree.
Whereas, we find ourselves in the midst of the greatest man-made environmental disaster in our history; and
Whereas, it is our heritage that as a people we have been taught not only to publicly acknowledge God for the many blessings bestowed on us but also that we are to turn to Him and seek His aid and assistance in times of distress and calamity; and President Ronald Reagan affirmed not only that "Prayer is the mainspring of the American spirit, a fundamental tenet of our people since before the Republic was founded" but also that "Prayer is today as powerful a force in our Nation as it has ever been. We as a Nation should never forget this source of strength";

President Reagan reminded us that we "have always turned to prayer at times of crisis. We recall the moving story of George Washington kneeling in the snow at Valley Forge to ask for divine assistance when the fate of our fledgling Nation hung in the balance. And Abraham Lincoln tells us that on the eve of the Battle of Gettysburg, 'I went into my room and got down on my knees in prayer.' Never before, he added, had he prayed 'with as much earnestness"; and President James Buchanan reminded citizens: "In this the hour of our calamity and peril, to Whom shall we resort for relief but to the God of our fathers? His omnipotent arm only can save us from the awful effects . . . let our fervent prayers ascend to His Throne."

President John Tyler said that "When a Christian people feel themselves to be overtaken by a great public calamity, it becomes them to humble themselves under the dispensation of Divine Providence, to recognize His righteous government over the children of men, to acknowledge His goodness in time past, as well as their own unworthiness, and to supplicate His merciful protection for the future";

...The Continental Congress declared that "in the hour of calamity and impending danger . . . we are peculiarly animated, with true penitence of heart, to prostrate ourselves before our great Creator and fervently to supplicate His gracious interposition for our deliverance" I therefore call a Day of Prayer, urging citizens to pray comfort on the families of those killed in the initial blast; that God would crown with success efforts to stem the flow of escaping oil; that He would interpose to mitigate further damage and strengthen the hands of clean up crews; that He would sustain those whose livelihood is directly impacted by this tragedy; that He would preserve the health of citizens along the coastal regions; that He would comfort the minds of all citizens, reminding us that He is a strong refuge in times of trouble; that He would guide the counsels of our civil leaders and provide them with wisdom and Divinely inspired solutions to the many complex problems associated with this disaster; and that He would prevent future recurrences.