It is no accident that today’s scripture verse is Chronicles 7:14, a verse very closely associated with the National Day of Prayer. Today marks the 61st annual observance of the National Day of Prayer (NDP).
In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual, national day of prayer. Today marks the 2012 National Day of Prayer (NDP) and the 61st NDP observance. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May.
The 2012 National Prayer by Dr. David Jeremiah – NDP Honorary Chairman is as follows:
Every good gift and perfect gift comes from You. You are a faithful God and Your mercy endures forever.
You have promised to bless the nation that trusts in You. Our currency proclaims “In God We Trust,” but in our culture we are far from You.
In the words of the prophet Daniel, “We have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments.”
We come before You once more, seeking Your forgiveness and mercy. You, O God, are our only hope… Hear our prayer and, for Your honor’s sake, shine Your face upon this nation.
Give our leaders the desire to seek Your wisdom and the courage to follow Your guidance… and watch over the men and women of our armed forces as they sacrifice for the cause of freedom.
We give You thanks for all You have done for us, and we earnestly pray that You will help us become, once again, a nation whose God is the Lord.
In the name of Your Son, and our Savior, we pray this prayer.
Psalm 33:12: Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. (KJV)
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