America’s 62nd Annual
National Day of Prayer
Thursday, May 2, 2013"Pray For America"
"In His name the nations will put their hope" (Matt. 12:21)
Each year, the Honorary Chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force writes a prayer that can be prayed by millions of Americans simultaneously. The prayer for 2013 was written by Greg Laurie:
Father, we come to You to pray for our nation, the United States of America.
How You have blessed us through the years, Lord! We rightly sing, "America, America, God shed His grace on thee." Yet we see trouble in our culture today. We see the breakdown of the family, crippling addictions, and random acts of horrific violence.
Lord, we need Your help in America. In recent days, we have done our best to remove Your Word and Your counsel from our courtrooms, classrooms and culture. It seems, as President Lincoln once said, that we have "forgotten God." But Lord, You have not forgotten us! You can bless and help and revive our country again.
Scripture tells us that "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people" (Prov. 14:34). Lord in Your mercy, we ask that You would exalt our country again. We have had a number of great awakenings in America. We have experienced times of refreshing, and revivals that changed not only the spiritual but also the moral landscape. As the psalmist said, "Will You not revive us again, so that Your people may rejoice in You?" (Psa. 85:6).
That is our prayer for America today, Lord. Send a mighty spiritual awakening that will turn the hearts of men and women, boys and girls back to You. You have told us if we will humble ourselves and pray, and seek Your face and turn from our wicked ways, that You will forgive our sins and heal our land (2 Chr. 7:14).
Forgive us today, Lord, and heal this troubled land that we love so much.
We ask all of this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
If your community or your church has no observance of the National Day of Prayer, pray at home alone or with family or friends. For information and resources you may contact the following:
National Day of Prayer Task Force
Phone: (719) 559-9560
Order Line: (800) 444-8828