Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Calling U.S. to Our Knees (Friday the 16th of Spetember)

NDP Coordinator Network

Hurricane Katrina has brought much despair, death and darkness. As a church body, we have the ability to be and bring “God’s light” to our nation. Many in the nearby areas are very active in providing physical and financial support at this time. Those of us who are watching from afar can also help by doing our highest civil duty as Christians – pray!! We have the responsibility and need to carry the burdens of our brothers and sisters to the Lord through intercession. EM Bounds puts it this way; “The character and energy of God’s movement lie in prayer. Victory comes at the end of praying!!”

President Bush is calling for a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for those directly affected by Katrina on Friday, September 16th. This provides the body of Christ with a chance for its greatest hour – to take the lead in uniting our nation in prayer and letting our “light shine before men.”

To help you impact your communities, the National Prayer Committee and the National Day of Prayer Task Force (NDP), led by Mrs. Shirley Dobson, is calling upon our nation’s pastors, prayer leaders and volunteers to host prayer observances which will call our country to its knees. As people of prayer encourage churches, state capitols, city halls, workplaces, ministries and groups of believers to open doors and gather on Friday, September 16th as our nation comes together corporately to pray, knowing God Almighty wants Americans to come with our needs.

On the website at www.nationaldayofprayer.org, several tools are available to help believers in prayer on such a short notice:
1- A suggested 1 hour program/order of service
2- A special song and PowerPoint presentation provided by Dennis Jernigan for those affected.
3- Prayer for our nation written by Dr. Henry Blackaby (2006 Honorary Chairman for NDP)
4- Bulletin inserts that can be used to encourage and guide churches and others in continual prayer
5- Prayer points from the front lines.
6- Suggested Scriptures that will encourage and guide your message preparation

God’s desire is for unity among His Body as we are reminded in Romans 15:5

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Please unite with us in prayer on the National Day of Prayer and Mourning.

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