As American troops fight for democracy and freedom around the globe and battle the war on terror, citizens of the United States are preparing to celebrate their freedom to gather, worship and pray. Millions will answer the call to prayer on May 4, the 55th annual National Day of Prayer, by flocking to observances held in public venues to pray for the nation, governmental leaders, media, churches, families and schools.
This year's theme is "America, Honor God" and is based on 1 Samuel 2:30 (NIV) - "Those who honor me, I will honor..." National Day of Prayer Chairman Shirley Dobson, wife of Focus on the Family founder and chairman Dr. James Dobson, said "at a time when so many principles found in Scripture have been rejected by society, it's all the more vital that God's people stand firmly in defense of the precepts He's laid out in His Word. As we wage this cultural battle, however, none of our efforts are assured success without consistent, fervent prayer for God's intervention."
"The National Day of Prayer provides each of us with a powerful opportunity to humble ourselves before the Almighty and to seek the 'redeeming and preserving grace' Abraham Lincoln so eloquently spoke! In asking God to forgive our collective rebellion against Him. We can also pray for our schools, the media and especially our governmental leaders, asking the Lord to grant them wisdom, for the challenges they face on a daily basis. How encouraging to know that our loving heavenly Father listens and responds to our personal and corporate petitions, enabling us to 'receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.'"
Noted author and Pastor Dr. Henry Blackaby is the 2006 Honorary Chairman and will address the national event in Washington, D.C. In addition to his appearance at the national observance, Dr. Blackaby has released, Experiencing Prayer with Jesus, which is this year's theme book. Grammy award winning artist Rebecca St. James will sing the theme song, America, Honor God.
About The National Day of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States of America when the Continental Congress issued a proclamation setting aside a day of prayer in 1775. 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.
Click here to read Texas Gov. Rick Perry's National Day of Prayer 2006 Proclamation (PDF - Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
East Texas Area National Day of Prayer Observances
- Lufkin National Day of Prayer Observance
- Nacogdoches National Day of Prayer Observance
- Center National Day of Prayer Observance
- Hemphill National Day of Prayer Observance
- Carthage National Day of Prayer Observance
- Nacogdoches Medical Center Noon Observance
- Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital Noon Observance
- Nacogdoches Reedemer Lutheran Church Noon Observance