In an unusual display of Christian diversity and unity, 24 elders of the city gathered in Topeka, Kansas, on the evening of May 7, 2015, to observe the National Day of Prayer (NDOP). The meeting took place at Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene where
nearly two dozen pastors, two chaplains, and one city council member prayed for one hour without comment or interruption. Various denominations, independent churches, and streams of Christian faith were represented. There was racial and cultural diversity. Both men and women prayed. However, each was in harmony with the other, praying heartfelt prayers and referencing the Scriptures.
Though the congregation was not large, they were very much engaged as prayer leaders prayed in repentance for revival in the Church, mercy for the afflicted, salvation for the lost, a national return to morality, and wisdom for our government leaders.
As 24 “elders” praying around the throne of God, this earthly gathering was representative of a heavenly reality. Revelation 4:10-11 says,
. . .the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:
“You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created.”
After a time of worship, prayer leaders were called to the platform and seated in a large arc. In humility, each prayer leader took only a couple of minutes before the throne and then passed the microphone to the person seated beside them. The prayers were powerful and in sync with one another. One pastor led the congregation in song.
At the conclusion of the hour, one of the event organizers, David Epps, encouraged the prayer leaders to continue in prayer and fellowship, perhaps meeting on a regular basis to do so. This seemed to be met with a resounding consensus.
The NDOP national theme this year was “Lord, Hear Our Cry.” The NDOP Task Force, headed by Shirley Dobson, issued a statement prior to the observance saying, “The 64th annual National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015, will have profound significance for our country. It is an unprecedented opportunity to see the Lord’s healing and renewing power made manifest as we call on citizens to humbly come before His throne.”
The report that followed indicated that record numbers of believers participated nationwide.
The statewide observance of the NDOP was held at noon in the rotunda of the Kansas capitol. Gov. Sam Brownback was introduced by Rep. Peggy Mast, and he welcomed the crowd of about 300. After commenting on the history of prayer in the state, the governor prayed.
During the hour, several more prayed, each one a state senator or legislator. Two representatives led the congregation in song with the sound resounding high into the dome above.