64th Annual National Day of Prayer Expected to Be Largest Ever With More Than 43,000 Prayer Gatherings

(PHOTO: REUTERS/MARK WILSON) A gathering of evangelical Christians in Washington is shown in this undated file photo.
(PHOTO: REUTERS/MARK WILSON)
A gathering of evangelical Christians in Washington is shown in this undated file photo.

The 64th annual National Day of Prayer is expected to have its largest number of participants in over 60 years Monday as political and religious leaders join local residents in praying for the nation.

“We are anticipating the largest day of prayer from coast to coast with more than 43,000 prayer gatherings,” John Bornschein, vice chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force and an executive member of the National Prayer Committee, told The Christian Post.

“This coming year marks the 64th anniversary of this important day and we fully expect that the president will sign a proclamation as well as all 50 state governors. Already nearly 40 proclamations have been received and counting.”

For this year, the theme of the widely observed Day of Prayer will be “Lord, Hear Our Cry” and is accompanied by the Bible verse 1 Kings 8:28, which reads “Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.”

Bornschein elaborated on the theme to CP, saying it emphasizes “the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities, and men.”

“We believe that God can bring about another great awakening in our nation if we humble ourselves and pray, seek His face and turn from our wicked ways,” said Bornschein.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Michael Gryboski