National Day of Prayer 2012

Thursday, May 3, 2012

61st Annual Observance

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National Day of Prayer 2012





COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO (April 11, 2012) – As American troops remain in harm’s way, our economy continues to waiver, and we quickly approach our upcoming elections, citizens of the United States are preparing to exercise their freedom to gather, worship, and pray.  Millions will answer the call to prayer on May 3rd in observance of the 61st annual National Day of Prayer.  Organized events will be held in thousands of public venues where intercession will be made for America and its leadership.

This year’s theme, “One Nation Under God”, is based on Psalm 33:12 which reminds us that “blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”  National Day of Prayer (NDP) Task Force Chairman Shirley Dobson, wife of Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson, said “At this perilous and uncertain juncture in our country’s history, it is critical that we remain in prayer.  The American people continue to be plagued with challenges that defy simple answers, and our hope lies in humbly seeking the Almighty’s guidance, protection, and blessing – not only on the National Day of Prayer, but throughout the year.”

Esteemed author, Founder of Turning Point Ministries, and Senior Pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church – Dr. David Jeremiah – will serve as the 2012 Honorary Chairman of the NDP Task Force and will give the keynote address at the National Observance in Washington, D.C., to be held at the Cannon House Office Building.

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About the National Day of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States of America, evidenced by the Continental Congress’ proclamation in 1775 setting aside a day of prayer.  In 1952, Congress established an annual day of prayer and, in 1988, that law was amended, designating the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May.



Dr. David Jeremiah – Biography

Dr. David Jeremiah

Dr. David Jeremiah, founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church, felt God’s calling on his life at a very early age. Born February 13, 1941 in Toledo, Ohio, Dr. Jeremiah was raised in a family deeply committed to ministry. At the age of eleven, Dr. Jeremiah and his family moved to Dayton, Ohio where his father, Dr. James T. Jeremiah, was the Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, and in 1953 became the President of Cedarville College in Cedarville, Ohio.

As Dr. Jeremiah was sensitive to God’s leading in his life, he followed in his father’s footsteps. In 1963, Dr. Jeremiah received a Bachelor of Arts from Cedarville College. In that same year, Dr. Jeremiah married his college sweetheart, Donna Thompson who also was attending Cedarville College as a business major. He went on to earn a Masters degree in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1967. He completed additional graduate work at Grace University and was granted the Doctor of Divinity degree from Cedarville College in 1981.

In 1969, Dr. Jeremiah began Blackhawk Baptist Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and developed a Christian school grades K through 12. In the 12 years he served as pastor, Blackhawk Baptist Church grew from 7 families to 1300 members. He also launched The Bible Hour television program.

Dr. Jeremiah heeded God’s call, and in 1981 he and his family moved to California where he became the senior pastor of Scott Memorial Baptist Church, now Shadow Mountain Community Church.

Shadow Mountain Community Church is one of the largest churches in San Diego County. It is also the home of Southern California Seminary and Christian Unified Schools.

As Dr. Jeremiah began his ministry at Shadow Mountain, he felt God’s calling to continue the broadcast ministry he started in Fort Wayne. In 1982, Turning Point Ministries became a reality.

Today, Turning Point’s 30-minute radio program is heard nationally and internationally on over 1800 stations and translator/satellators. In recognition of Dr. Jeremiah’s commitment to teaching the Word of God, he received the Broadcaster of the Year Award in 1999 from the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), in August 2002, received the Award of Merit from the Western Chapter of National Religious Broadcasters for Excellence in Broadcasting and Faithfulness in Service, and in 2006 Turning Point received the Best Radio Teaching Program Award. Dr. Jeremiah has served on the Board of Directors for the NRB since 1996.

Turning Point launched a television program in 1982 in San Diego and went nationwide in 2000. Now seen around the world through cable and satellite technology, as well as on terrestrial stations all across the United States, conservative estimates suggest that close to 200 million homes around the world have access to Dr. Jeremiah’s Bible teaching each week. Turning Point Television offers a half-hour Bible study message and a full hour worship service with the same great preaching. Carried on several national and international networks such as TBN, ION, and INSP, Turning Point Television has most recently been added to Middle East TV Network.

Dr. Jeremiah is a sought-after conference speaker for organizations around the country. He frequently speaks at Cedarville College, Dallas Theological Seminary, Moody Bible Institute, Billy Graham Training Center, Phil Waldrep’s Senior Adult Celebrations and numerous NFL, NBA and Baseball chapels.

Along with his speaking schedule around the country, Dr. Jeremiah also finds time to fulfill another passion in his life, writing. His books are always gripping and right to the point. Some of his books include Escape the Coming Night, The Power of Encouragement, What the Bible Says About Angels, Prayer The Great Adventure, which brought him The Gold Medallion Award in 1998, God In You, Gifts from God, Jesus’ Final Warning, A Bend in the Road, Slaying the Giants in Your Life, My Heart’s Desire which gave him another Gold Medallion Award in 2003, Sanctuary, his first daily devotional book, The Things that MatterThe Prayer Matrix, Searching for Heaven on Earth, a book that he co-authored with world renown artist, Thomas Kinkade, The Secret of the Light, a second devotional book, Turning PointsCaptured by Grace, which put Dr. Jeremiah on the best-sellers list for USA Today and The Wall Street Journal, Signs of Life, which made The New York Times best-seller list, What in the World Is Going On?, which made The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best-seller lists, The 12 Ways of Christmas, Living With Confidence in a Chaotic World, which made The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, and USA Today best-seller lists, The Coming Economic Armageddon, which made The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly best-seller lists, and his most recent book, I Never Thought I’d See the Day! Culture at the Crossroads.

A dedicated family man, Dr. Jeremiah believes that without the support and encouragement of his wife, Donna, Turning Point would have never been brought into existence. He and Donna have four grown children and eleven grandchildren.

Dr. Jeremiah’s commitment is to teaching the whole Word of God. His passion for people and his desire to reach the lost are evident in the way he communicates Bible truths and his ability to get right to the important issues. Dr. Jeremiah continues to be excited to see what God is going to do in broadcast ministry around the world through the ministries of Turning Point.

   2012 National Prayer

Dr. David Jeremiah – NDP Honorary Chairman


Heavenly Father,

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.




   History of the National Day of Prayer

“Fasting and prayer are religious exercises; the enjoining them an act of discipline. Every religious society has a right to determine for itself the time for these exercises, and the objects proper for them, according to their own particular tenets; and right can never be safer than in their hands, where the Constitution has deposited it.” Thomas Jefferson, 1808

Because of the faith of many of our founding fathers, public prayer and national days of prayer have a long-standing and significant history in American tradition. The Supreme Court affirmed the right of state legislatures to open their sessions with prayer in Marsh vs. Chambers (1983).

The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual, national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.

1952   Harry S. Truman declares a National Day of Prayer and signs into law an annual
observance there of – United States Congress passed Joint Resolution 382 on April 17, 1952/ President Truman signs Public Law 82-324 (Public Law 82-324; 66 Stat. 64—April 17, 1952).

1988   Ronald Reagan signs into law the designation of the first Thursday in May as the annual observance for the National Day of Prayer  – President Reagan signs Public Law 100-307
January 25, 1988, in the Second Session of the One Hundredth Congress (Public Law 100-307—May 5, 1988).

1998  Pub. L. 105-225, August 12, 1998, 112 Stat. 1258: The President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals.


   The National Day of Prayer is Significant

The National Day of Prayer has great significance for us as a nation. It enables us to recall and to teach the way in which our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions. It stands as a call to us to humbly come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people. The unanimous passage of the bill establishing the National Day of Prayer as an annual event, signifies that prayer is as important to our nation today as it was in the beginning.

Like Thanksgiving or Christmas, this day has become a national observance placed on all Hallmark calendars and observed annually across the nation and in Washington, D.C. Last year, local, state and federal observances were held from sunrise in Maine to sunset in Hawaii, uniting Americans from all socio-economic, political and ethnic backgrounds in prayer for our nation. It is estimated that more than two million people attended more than 30,000 observances organized by approximately 40,000 volunteers. At state capitols, county court houses, on the steps of city halls, and in schools, businesses, churches and homes, people stopped their activities and gathered for prayer.

   The National Day of Prayer is Ours

The National Day of Prayer belongs to all Americans. It is a day that transcends differences, bringing together citizens from all backgrounds. Mrs. Shirley Dobson, NDP chairman, reminds us: “We have lost many of our freedoms in America because we have been asleep. I feel if we do not become involved and support the annual National Day of Prayer, we could end up forfeiting this freedom, too.”

   History Summary

1775 – The first Continental Congress called for a National Day of Prayer
1863 – Abraham Lincoln called for such a day.
1952 – Congress established NDP as an annual event by a joint resolution, signed into law by President Truman (82-324)
1988 – The law was amended and signed by President Reagan, designating the NDP as the first Thursday in May (100-307).

   NDP  Facts

1) The President of the United States has called for a National Day of Prayer every year since 1975.

2) There have been 135 national calls to prayer, humiliation, fasting and thanksgiving by the President of the United States (1789-2009).

3) There have been 57 Presidential Proclamations for a “National Day of Prayer” (1952-2009).

4) Gerald Ford (1976) and George H. Bush (1989-91) are the only U.S. Presidents to sign two National Day of Prayer Proclamations in the same year.

5) Every President since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.




Government, Military, Media, Business, Education, Church and Family

Vernon-Rockville, CT

12 noon

Central Park in Downtown Rockville in front of Vernon's Town Hall 

Please join us for our ninth year in Rockville. Pastors from many area churches will be participating.

Worship music will fill the air as we lift up our prayers to The Lord!

Downtown Rockville in Central Park
Across from Town Hall-14 Park Place
Vernon-Rockville, CT 06066

(Rain location - Union Church, 3 Elm Street)


7 PM

Evening Service for National Day of Prayer

 The Rockville Church of the Nazarene
will be hosting an
Evening Prayer Service for National Day of Prayer

47 East Street,
Rockville, CT

All are invited!


The National Day of Prayer Task Force’s mission is to communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer, mobilizing the Christian community to intercede for America and its leadership in the seven centers of power: Government, Military, Media, Business, Education, Church and Family.

Vision and Values

In accordance with Biblical truth, the National Day of Prayer Task Force seeks to:


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THE WHITE HOUSE-Pres-Obama-NDP-2010.pdf



An excerpt from

Why I Believe In The National Day Of Prayer
By Senator Ed Moore (OK-Ret)
President, Prayer Force One

    In this special Prayer Force One Report, I would like to answer the question as to why I believe in the National Day of Prayer and suggest ways that the reader can become involved. Be sure and read the collection of quotes concerning the recent rogue ruling on the constitutionality of The National Day of Prayer. These quotes can be found at the bottom of this report.

     So, just why do I believe in The National Day of Prayer, and why is it so important? Allow me to list seven reasons.

     1. The National Day of Prayer provides one of the best forums to encourage the American people to fulfill the requirements laid out by the LORD in II Chronicles 7:14, which reads:

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked way; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
    National sins require national repentance. The National Day of Prayer fosters a platform for bringing about a community and nation-wide return to God in humility and the public seeking of God's face and favor. In such a time as this, America must remember that our hope remains in the God of our Fathers.

     2. The National Day of Prayer has become one of the most practical ways for communities to come together and celebrate their spiritual heritage in a public forum. While people of all faiths are welcome to observe the National Day of Prayer in any way they choose, in most cases, these events are the natural expressions of the Christian faith that has been the bedrock of our nation since its birth. As such, the Christian community is strengthened and Christian virtues are fostered within the community.

     3. A Community-wide observance of The National Day of Prayer is a powerful testimony to our children, teenagers and fellow citizens of our common spiritual heritage. A community with a strong National Day of Prayer observance is invariably better for having this event and all that it affects before, during and after the actual event. The fact that this happens annually multiplies this impact.

     4. The National Day of Prayer is truly a national event with literally thousands of events annually. Hence the National Day of Prayer has genuinely become a day in which people of faith can feel and express a united recognition of our nation's reliance upon God.

     5. Where the broad spectrum of American churches are concerned, an annual observance of The National Day of Prayer is one area in which the various denominations are able to celebrate unity in the body of Christ without threatening each groups individual distinctives.

     6. The National Day of Prayer has become an American institution. Indeed, The National Day of Prayer has become an important part of America's spiritual landscape. In spite of the recent ruling by one, lone, rogue judge, like the church itself, The National Day of Prayer will remain impregnable. Regardless of how the pending appeals process turns out, Christians should rise to the defense of their right to have a national day of prayer.

     7. We are now celebrating the 59th annual observance of The National Day of Prayer since Harry Truman signed the bill that authorized it in 1952. The National Day of Prayer is here to stay! Begun by George Washington, and reaffirmed by nearly every president, national days of prayer, including today's National Day of Prayer should remain one of the most treasured and guarded legacies of our rich nation's rich spiritual heritage.

     For these and other reasons, Prayer Force One will continue support, defend and champion America's National Day of Prayer. We commend the efforts of The National Prayer Committee, The National Day of Prayer Task Force, and the important, tireless work of individuals and community groups all across this God-blessed land, who have worked to make The National Day of Prayer the force for good that it is today.

Five Suggested Levels of Involvement & Participation

    1. Private Observance. While Jesus never discouraged public prayer, he did exalt the practice of sincere private prayer. Our public prayers and public prayer forums will be hollow shells if we as individuals do not practice solemn prayer in our personal lives. Therefore, whatever else one does to observe The National Day of Prayer, be sure that it begins with sincere and fervent prayer in your own prayer closet. We encourage you to make this day particularly special in your personal prayer life. Remember, repentance must begin in the hearts of individuals.

     2. Family Observance. What could be more appropriate on this day than for parents to gather their children and grandchildren around for a solemn observance of The National Day of Prayer? Why not make plans right now for a special family observance of The National Day of Prayer? Call your married children. Invite your parents, cousins and other relatives. This could very well become a very special, once a year day for your family. Such an observance will certainly leave the imprint of fond memories of solemn faith in the hearts of your children, and could impact their lives for years untold.

     3. Church Observance. More churches are beginning to implement church-wide observances of The National Day of Prayer all the time. Some invite members to come to the church altar at any time during the day. Still others have special services. Pastors and church leaders are encouraged to make special plans to assist their members in taking part in The National Day of Prayer. Bulletin inserts are particularly helpful in letting congregants know what the church is doing, and also of special community events in which the church is participating. We believe that pastors are still the key. If our American pastors are asleep and uninspiring in promoting national prayer, our nation has little hope of Heaven's help.

     4. Community Observance. This is the area in which The National Day Of Prayer really shines. The idea of thousands of communities meeting for the express purpose of acknowledging God in prayer is so very encouraging. We encourage participation in events in your community. To find out about events in your area, keep an eye on your local newspaper. The National Day of Prayer Task Force also does a tremendous job of providing a forum for posting local events on their web site at: . If you would like to become more involved in your community event or to start one in your community, you will find helpful material available on this site.

     5. State & National Observance. For those who would like to be more involved in The National Day of Prayer, there are events and activities at both the state and national levels, with information on the NDP Task Force web site.

Recent Quotes About The National Day Of Prayer Ruling
& The Cancellation of Franklin Graham's Appearance At The Pentagon

    Shirley Dobson - Chairman, National Day Of Prayer Task Force: "It is time to say, 'Enough is enough'. We can be silent no more."

     Franklin Graham - Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Honorary Chairman, 2010 National Day Of Prayer: "To act like a National Day of Prayer is a bad thing or somehow subversive is ridiculous. Surely our country needs prayer now more than ever."

     Tony Perkins, President - American Family Research Council: (On the ruling) "Contrary to her opinion, this ruling does not promote freedom, it crushes it. Americans pray voluntarily, and exercising that right together, as a willing nation, is exactly what the Founding Fathers intended. To imply otherwise, is to suggest that the Constitution is unconstitutional. This is one of many instances in which the courts have tried to banish God from the public square, this case reveals a level of supreme arrogance. Ultimately, Judge Crabb is inferring that she found something in the Constitution that every President and Congress since 1775 has not: a hostile treatment of religion in public life.
    (On Graham) This decision is further evidence that the leadership of our nation's military has been impaired by the politically correct culture being advanced by this Administration. Under this Administration's watch we are seeing the First Amendment, designed to protect the religious exercise of Americans, retooled into a sword to sever America's ties with orthodox Christianity. (Note: Perkins was uninvited to speak at a prayer luncheon at Andrews Air Force Base earlier this year due to his expressed opposition to President Obama's call to allow homosexuals to serve in the military.)

     Sarah Palin, Former Governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican Vice-Presidential Candidate: "My, have things changed. I was honored to have Rev. Franklin Graham speak at my Governor's Prayer Breakfasts. His good work in Alaska's Native villages and his charitable efforts all over the world stem from his servant's heart. In my years of knowing him, I've never found his tempered and biblically-based comments to be offensive - in fact his words have been encouraging and full of real hope.
It's truly a sad day when such a fine patriotic man, whose son is serving on his fourth deployment in Afghanistan to protect our freedom of speech and religion, is dis-invited from speaking at the Pentagon's National Day of Prayer service. His comments in 2001 were aimed at those who are so radical that they would kill innocent people and subjugate women in the name of religion. Are we really so hyper-politically correct that we can't abide a Christian minister who expresses his views on matters of faith? What a shame. Yes, things have changed."
(Note that Sarah Palin's reference to "change" is most likely a derogatory reference to candidate Obama's 2008 slogan, "Change We Can Believe In".)

     Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), Sponsor the Congressional National Day of Prayer Observance On Capitol Hill: "National days of prayer have a long-standing and significant history in American tradition that should not be changed or meddled with. This nation is great because our founding fathers were committed to prayer and the principles of their faith and it's important for America to remember our heritage." (Note: Aderholt has co-sponsored two resolutions in the House in defense of the day of prayer. One resolution calls for an appeal of the ruling against the National Day of Prayer and expresses the support of the House of Representative for an annual day of prayer. The other resolution affirms the constitutionality and historic importance of the National Day of Prayer.)

     Congressman Randy Forbes, Chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus. "I'm not downtrodden by the decision, I'm encouraged by it because I see the response we're going to have from millions of Americans across the country who say 'This judge is wrong, this decision can't stand'.".

    Jay Sekulow - Chief Council for the American Center For Law & Justice: "It's unfortunate that this court failed to understand that a day set aside for prayer for the country represents a time-honored tradition that embraces the First Amendment, not violates it.
If the appeals court fails to reverse this decision, we're confident the Supreme Court will hear the case, and ultimately determine that such proclamations and observances like the National Day Of Prayer not only reflect our nation's rich history, but are indeed consistent with the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment."

     Dave Butts - Chairman, National Prayer Committee. "My friends, when the Enemy attacks, it is because the forces of the Lord are being effective. The U.S. National Day of prayer is making a difference. So much so, that we now face spiritual warfare over it. That is a cause for rejoicing!... May this judicial attack on the National Day Of Prayer serve as a wake up call to the Church in the United States!"

    Lou Engel - Founder of The Call: "This is discrimination against the very roots and foundation of this nation. Let's fast, pray and say, 'God, from the White House, to my house, give us revival'."

     Cal Thomas - National Columnist: "If one tries hard enough and is clever enough, one can find a federal judge to rule on just about anything. Last week, Judge Crabb ruled in favor of a group of atheists and agnostics... Perhaps instead of a proclamation for a day of prayer, the president should consider reverting to Lincoln and the part of his proclamation that concerned "humiliation," repentance and a plea for forgiveness. According to Scripture, that is a prayer God always hears.".

    Ed Moore - President, Prayer Force One: "The National Day of Prayer is one of the most important days on America's spiritual landscape. It is an American institution. While this rogue decision must not be allowed to stand, absolutely nothing will stop Americans from observing the National Day of Prayer - not this year, not any year!"




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