May 7th was our nation’s 64th National Day of Prayer. The theme for this year was, “Lord, hear our cry,” drawn from the bible verse 1 Kings 8:28: “Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence today.”
An estimated 35,000 different prayer gatherings were held around the country at churches, courthouses, businesses, public parks, and private homes. A long prayer service was held on Capitol Hill for congressmen and other people working on the hill. Senate Chaplain Rev. Barry Black, Honorary Day of Prayer Chairman Dr. Jack Graham of the Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, and Dr. Ben Carson spoke to a packed room about themes of humility, repentance, hope, and the power of prayer.
Dr. Jack Graham wrote a special prayer for the nation’s faithful to read simultaneously at every prayer gathering from coast to coast, resulting in millions of Americans reading the same prayer at the same time as an illustration of the unity of Christians in America.
Many speakers at the Capitol Hill service called on Christians nationwide to pray for our nation’s political and judicial leadership. Said one judge who spoke at the prayer service, “You can’t check your faith at the courthouse door.”
The service was broadcast on several religious channels and was also streamed online on nationaldayofprayer.org so that anyone who so chose could watch the national service.