National Day of Prayer to Be Observed May 1, 2014

The annual National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 1, this year, and a multitude of observances and celebrations will take place around the state and nationally. There will be local events here in Topeka at the statehouse during the day and at Community Church in the evening.  Please mark your calendar.  
There will be a statewide one-hour noon observance at the Kansas capitol on the rotunda first floor.  Many state legislators will take part, and music and prayer will be a major part of the program.
       Gov. Sam Brownback has called for Kansans to pray for the state and for those who hold positions of leadership in state government.
The citywide observance will be at Community Church, 1819 SW 21st Street, at 7 pm.  The theme for the evening is "To Know Him and Make Him Known" which is based on two prominent passages of scripture-- the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. The evening will be spent praying through the Lord's Prayer.  
      In addition to times of prayer, the program will include worship led by a young adult band.  There will be a testimony on the power of prayer by Pastor Rey Rodriguez of Harvest Family Fellowship, and testimonies by Sally Zellers who heads the Hi Crest Net Reach program for the Topeka Rescue Mission.  International prayer leader Earl Pickard will lead a portion of the prayer time.
The national theme for this year's National Day of Prayer is "One Voice, United in Prayer."  This is an annual event in the city, taking place every first Thursday in May.  The national task force is led by Shirley Dobson, and their website is
Pastor Rey and Alice Rodriguez
“If the Church of America will cry out for mercy, we can see the moral, economic, political, and social decline of our nation turned around and God’s kingdom established here,” says David Epps, the Topeka National Day of Prayer coordinator.  “Social activism and political involvement alone will not transform Kansas or our nation.  Our problem is spiritual and requires a united, spiritual response,” according to Epps.
When Abraham Lincoln declared a national day of prayer, it was his hope that “the united cry of the Nation will be heard on high, and answered with blessings, no less than the pardon of our national sins, and the restoration of our now divided and suffering Country, to its former happy condition of unity and peace.”  We may not be engaged in civil war, but we are certainly in a culture war.  The future of our nation is every bit as much in peril as in the days of Lincoln, and who will prevail is yet to be determined. 
“Prayer is our only hope.  Our victory is guaranteed-- but only through national repentance and humility,” says Epps. 
Our need to pray for God’s mercy has never been greater.
For more information on these and other Christian citywide events, visit

National Day of Prayer 2013

Local Observances Mark National Day of Prayer on May 2
Donna Lippoldt, state National Day of Prayer coordinator, and Rep. Peggy Mast
      Hundreds gathered in the capitol rotunda in Topeka to observe the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer as part of an all-day prayer effort on Thursday, May 2.  Worship and prayer continued through the day from the Old Supreme Court Room as teams from around the area went non-stop from 8 am until 5 pm.  The only interruption was to gather at the statewide noon observance in the rotunda which featured pastors, legislators, Governor Brownback and others.

A team from Kansas City worships and prays in the Old Supreme Court Room
   The citywide evening observance took place at Central Park Christian Church in Topeka.  The theme for the service was “Clean Hands, Pure Heart,” a reference to Psalm 24.  Members of the Christian community took part in worship, corporate prayer, and small group prayer, led by pastors and leaders representing various ethnic groups and traditions. The worship was led by a multi-church, multicultural team.
        The National Day of Prayer is supported in prayer by Operation Rolling Thunder.

National Day of Prayer Was Observed in Topeka on May 2, 2013

Dr. Dave Depue of Capitol Commission meditates in the Old Supreme Court Room of the Kansas Statehouse.

Deo Gloria performs in the rotunda of the Capitol during the noon, statewide observance of the National Day of Prayer.

Worship and prayer continued throughout the day in the Old Supreme Court Room.

Christian students from Topeka High School participate in worship and prayer in the Old Supreme Court Room.

A teenager leads prayer at the citywide event the evening of National Day of Prayer.

Pastors Soraya and Gustavo Oropeza of A Dios Sea la Gloria church lead in prayer at the citywide event held at Central Park Christian Church in Topeka

US Court of Appeals Tosses the Case Against the National Day of Prayer

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO (APRIL 14, 2011) - Earlier today, a panel of the U.S. court of appeals overturned a ruling that previously found the law requiring the President to proclaim a National Day of Prayer each year as unconstitutional. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, based in Chicago, ruled 3-0 that the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and its plaintiffs do not have standing to continue their challenge of the 1952 congressional act declaring an annual National Day of Prayer.

According to the appeals court ruling, the proclamation imposes no requirement on a person and therefore no one is hurt by a request that can be declined. "Those who do not agree with a president's statement may speak in opposition to it, they are not entitled to silence the speech of which they disapprove," wrote the appeals court's chief judge Frank Easterbrook, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan.

Shirley Dobson, Chairman of the National Day of Prayer (NDP) Task Force and wife of Focus on the Family Founder Dr. James Dobson, said "I applaud the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. Since the days of our Founding Fathers, the government has protected and encouraged public prayer and other expressions of dependence on the Almighty. Prayer is an indispensable part of our heritage, and as citizens, we must remain faithful in our commitment to intercede for our nation during this pivotal and challenging time."

Michael Calhoun, Director of Strategic Communication for the National Day of Prayer (NDP) Task Force added, "This is definitely a victory for the free exercise of religion that our Founding Fathers sought to ensure, and we are thankful for the outcome. I can't think of a time in recent memory when it has been more important to pray for wisdom and direction for our country and its leaders... I hope millions will join the ongoing efforts of our NDP Task Force to that end."

Praying the Seven Spheres of Society

By praying for each of the seven spheres of our community, we are faithful to cover our city in prayer. The list we use for our event is slightly different than the one used by the national task force. The seven spheres are:
  • Government
  • Media
  • Business
  • Education
  • Church
  • Family
  • Healthcare
The same seven spheres are being referenced in the Operation Rolling Thunder prayer guide. To view this prayer guide and other information about Operation Rolling Thunder in Topeka, go to the website under Links.