Below is the excerpt from John Bornschein’s message, Vice Chairman of National Day of Prayer Task Force.
The National Day of Prayer – a tradition of honoring God that began in 1774 at the First Congress when a minister was asked to open with prayer and to lead Congress in the reading of four chapters of the Bible – is a call to all of God’s people to unite in prayer in one voice and one mind (Romans 15:6). It is a concept that was birthed in Scripture when the prophets Ezra and Joel (Ezra 9, Nehemiah 8-9, and Joel 1-3) called for the people to unite in humility and reverence before Almighty God. In fact 2 Chronicles 6:13-42 records that all of Israel gathered together to worship and pray unto God. Although the calendar dates have changed, the need for prayer has not. Let us unite on the largest Solemn Assembly in U.S. History and glorify the Lord, remembering that we are one nation, UNDER GOD.
We encourage you to make the commitment to pray and check out the official website at http://nationaldayofprayer.org/ for new resources, exciting events and great opportunities that are sure to help you grow in your prayer journey.
Here are a few of local prayer gatherings, including the one at our Senior Living locations, that you may want to know about and choose to participate.
- NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER, THURSDAY, MAY 1ST – PRAYER WALKING THE AURORA CORRIDOR (from the north or south), MEETING MIDWAY AT NOON HERITAGE PARK (just north of Walgreen’s at 175th St). In case of weather inclement, the group will meet at the Ronald United Methodist Church for a short prayer and share meeting.
- LIGHT UP THE CITY – A 40 Day prayer focus for prayer groups all around Seattle (April 30 – June 8th). Resources for promotion, prayer lists, prayer guide which is also attached, and devotional thoughts can be found on their website: www.lightupthecity.org.