National Day of Prayer is May 4, 2017

Christians in Kansas will observe the 66th annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 4, 2017, by gathering in churches, courthouses, and in the statehouse to pray.  The national theme this year blends 2 Chronicles 7:14 with Daniel’s prayer in Chapter 9:19, “…For Your Great Name’s Sake! … hear us… forgive us… heal us.”

The observance at the state level will be held at noon in the capitol rotunda.  Governor Brownback and other officials will be speaking, and we will be gathering to pray for our communities, our state and our country.  Contact Dr. Dave DePue for more information about the capitol event at 785-249-7604, or

Churches in the city of Topeka will gather at Avondale East NET Center, 455 SE Golf Park Blvd., at 6:30 p.m.  This location was chosen because it houses a significant outreach of the Topeka Rescue Mission and partnering churches.  The ministry is NETReach, and Topeka National Day of Prayer participants will have the opportunity to learn more about NETReach and pray for its success.  According to their website, the initiative was launched “in an attempt to reduce homelessness and poverty, by helping to initiate and sustain transformation in one of Topeka’s more challenged and impoverished neighborhoods.”

Contact David Epps for more information about the citywide event at 785-221-2788, or
In addition to a capitol event, there is a local observance of the National Day of Prayer each year in Topeka.  In 2015, 24 “elders” in the city (pastors and chaplains) prayed for one continuous hour at Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene.
All of us can agree that our nation needs healing.  And God promises to do so, but on the condition that we pray humbly, seek His face, and turn from our own sin.  Will America be healed?  We won’t know until we join together and pray.  So, let’s join in prayer on behalf of Topeka, as well as Kansas and America.  Invite others to join you.

Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of Billy Graham, serves as the Chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. Through the efforts of her team, more than 40,000 prayer gatherings are conducted by tens of thousands of volunteers across the country. Several million people participate every year in this call to prayer for our nation, its leaders and citizens.

Anne Graham Lotz’s offers this prayer:  “Lord, as we draw nearer to the National Observance of the National Day of Prayer on May 4th, we are asking that You direct every step, give wisdom for every decision, equip and empower everyone involved in the planning, so that this year’s observance will truly move Heaven and change our nation. Stir the hearts of those You have chosen to attend nationally and locally so that tens of thousands of Your people will gather with one heart and mind as we cry out for You to hear us…forgive us…heal us.  For the glory of Your great name, amen.”

Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May.