Tonight at 8 p.m. ET, Will Graham, vice president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and executive director of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, will co-host the 69th National Day of Prayer alongside NDP’s Task Force President Kathy Branzell live from the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Andrew Palau, Robert Morris, Harry Jackson, Jim Cymbala, Nick Hall, Billy Wilson, Pat Robertson, Greg Stier, Gabby Odom and Blair Linne will also join the broadcast, with Michael W. Smith and his wife, Debbie, leading worship.
“Prayer is an act of obedience to God, which we do because we love Him,” says Will. “We trust Him with everything that we are.”
Normally, there are more than 60,000 events held on the National Day of Prayer. And, while some communities will still be able to gather in smaller numbers, with the coronavirus crisis at hand, the majority will be limited to praying from their homes.
Although these unprecedented days have brought unusual challenges, new digital platforms have opened up an unparalleled opportunity for the largest virtual prayer gathering in history.
“Unprecedented times call for unprecedented prayer!” Branzell says. “This year’s virtual National Day of Prayer Observance may have more prayer and more pray-ers than ever before!”
This year’s theme, “Pray God’s Glory Across the Earth,” based on Habakkuk 2:14, serves as a reminder of the promise, “for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”
Organizers are encouraging people to pray throughout the day for the nation in the areas of church, government, family, education, business, military and media.
Established in public law in 1952, the National Day of Prayer is observed nationwide on the first Thursday in May. Will’s grandfather, Billy Graham, strongly advocated for President Truman to create such an observance, and the Graham family has participated in many of the events since.
“I encourage you to join me—and tens of thousands across our country—as we cry out to God together during the National Day of Prayer today,” Will says. “We are in a very unique time in our nation’s history, and we need to turn our eyes back to our Creator and Sustainer.”
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