2014 NDOP

The annual National Day of Prayer was held Thursday, May 1, 2014, and a multitude of observances and celebrations took place around the state and nationally. There were local events in Topeka at the statehouse during the day and at Community Church in the evening.  There was a statewide one-hour noon observance at the Kansas capitol on the rotunda first floor.  Many state legislators took part, and music and prayer was 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 was held at Community Church.  The theme for the evening was "To Know Him and Make Him Known" which was based on two prominent passages of scripture-- the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. The evening was spent praying through the Lord's Prayer.

In addition to times of prayer, the program included worship led by a young adult band.  Sally Zellers, who heads the Hi Crest NetReach program for the Topeka Rescue Mission, shared a glowing report on that neighborhood outreach.  International prayer leader Earl Pickard led a portion of the prayer time as did a local rapper named Zacheriah Woodward.

The national theme for this year's National Day of Prayer was "One Voice, United in Prayer."  

“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,” said 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.

2013 NDOP

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, 2013.  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.

The national theme for this year was from Matthew 12:21, "In His Name the Nations Will Put Their Hope."

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. One prayer was led by a teenage young lady.

The worship was led by a multi-church, multicultural team.  Pastor Cecil Washington and his wife, Audrey, shared a song they wrote called "A Cry for the Unborn."
The National Day of Prayer is supported in prayer by Operation Rolling Thunder.

2012 NDOP

A citywide event to pray for the mercy of the Lord over our community and nation, and pray for the Church to extend mercy in His name.

Governor Sam Brownback called the Church to prayer at the Kansas Capitol observance of the National Day of Prayer in Topeka on Thursday, May 3, 2012.  The National Day of Prayer (NDOP) is observed every first Thursday in May annually.  The national theme this year was “One Nation under God.”

“Have Mercy!” was the theme of the city NDOP evening event which was held in the Washburn University Student Union.  The theme focused on the need of our communities to receive God’s mercy and for the Church to extend His mercy to others.  Participants included pastors, students, and other members of the diverse Christian community.

A Declaration of Spiritual Emergency was enthusiastically recited, calling for brokenness, humility, and repentance.  Prayers were offered for revival and for the blessing of Israel.

Pastor Polo Delacruz of El Encuentro Familiar Church acted as the master of ceremonies.  Worship was led by the Holy Smoke Worship Band.  Partnering ministries included Capitol Commission, Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, Capitol Commission, Christians for Life, Concerned Women for America, Culture Shield Network, Operation Rolling Thunder, Topeka North Outreach, Transform Topeka, and Youth for Christ.

The traditional noon statewide NDOP observance was held at the Kansas statehouse, on the south steps.  Governor Brownback was the master of ceremonies.  In addition, worship and prayer took place throughout the day in one of the committee rooms which served as a prayer room.

2011 NDOP

On May 5, 2011, Kansas Christians marked the 60th annual National Day of Prayer by worshiping all day in the statehouse and holding a one-hour gathering from noon until 1 p.m. 
The theme, "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," was based on the verse from Psalm 91:2 which states:  "I will say to the Lord, my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust."  

Worship and prayer began in one of the capitol committee rooms at 7 a.m. and continued without interruption until 5 p.m.  Prayer and worship teams from Lawrence, Pittsburg, Kansas City, Salina and Topeka facilitated prayer in an atmosphere of non-stop worship.  The public was invited to participate. Several legislators received prayer.
At noon, the customary one-hour capitol observance of the National Day of Prayer included participants from a diverse cross-section of Kansans.  Gov. Sam Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer were in attendance.  Songs of praise resonated through the halls of the statehouse and impassioned prayers were offered by First Nations, African-American, and White intercessors as well as those representing the six regions of Kansas.  A state senator, the governor and the lt. governor, the chaplains of the house and the senate offered prayers as well.

This full day of prayer continued the approach that was initiated on inauguration day, January 10.  At that event, participants worshiped all day, prayed for the activities of the day, prayed for legislators, and fellowshiped.  

A community-wide National Day of Prayer evening event took place at El Shaddai Ministries in east Topeka. The gathering was billed as Unity in the Community.  The program included participants from a number of churches, crossing denominational and racial boundaries, praying for each sphere of our society.  Music led by a multicultural worship team was a significant part of the service.  Unity in midst of diversity was emphasized.  The master of ceremonies Wis pastor of a Spanish church.  El Shaddai is a predominately African-American congregation.  There was a mix of many races and cultures in attendance.

The Kansas Secretary of Social and Rehabilitative Services (SRS) issued a challenge for the Church to take up faith-based projects in order to bless those in need.

Plans are underway to hold more citywide worship and prayer events in the future.

2010 NDOP

Enthusiastic Crowd Gathers for Day of Prayer

National Day of Prayer Convenes in Statehouse Courtroom
Around 200 believers gathered to observe the 59th annual National Day of Prayer at the Kansas Capitol on Thursday, May 6, 2010. Since the building was undergoing renovation, the noon meeting was held in the old Supreme Court chambers of the statehouse instead of the customary rotunda location. The setting seemed appropriate considering the recent federal case ruling this annual day of prayer unconstitutional. The crowd was encouraged to pray in the authority of the courts of heaven.

The celebration was marked by enthusiastic worship, inspiring testimonies, and strategic prayer for the seven areas of family, media, education, government, the church, healthcare, and business. The room, with its high ceiling, resounded with ardent renderings of America,the Beautiful and The Battle Hymn of the Republic.

A multi-racial, interdenominational, cross-section of the Body of Christ led as the crowd worshiped and prayed.

Testimonies Abound
Barry Feaker, Executive Director of the Topeka Rescue Mission, spoke briefly of the impact unified prayer is making in Topeka. He shared how a prime repeat offender in the city was targeted by prayer. Law enforcement considered his rehabilitation hopeless, but he has now turned his life over to the Lord in the last several months and is involved in Bible study at the mission.

Operation Rolling Thunder (ORT) has been interceding for these repeat offenders in the city. Praise the Lord!

The Body Is Coming Together
Local day of prayer coordinator and ORT city director David Epps said afterwards,“Many people came up to me after the service and expressed their appreciation. There was a real spirit of unity here today.”

The event was originally scheduled to be held outdoors, but a series of inhospitable circumstances prompted organizers to move into the Capitol building at the last minute.