National Day of Prayer is May 4th
April 20, 2017
Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of famed evangelist Billy Graham, gets a lot of questions about her 98-year-old father, as well as the rest of her well-known family. She answers gracefully, and lately, directs those conversations toward prayer.
Last year, Lotz stepped into a new role as National Day of Prayer (NDP) Task Force chairman, a position formerly held by Shirley Dobson. Lotz has spent this last year encouraging national leaders to pray and to unite in prayer for the United States.
The 2017 NDP is May 4. This year’s theme – “For Your Great Name’s sake! Hear us … Forgive us … Heal us.” – is based on Daniel 9:19 – “O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and Your people are called by Your name.”
It was Billy Graham’s address at the U.S. Capitol in February 1952 that inspired legislation for an annual NDP. That bill was passed unanimously and signed April 17, 1952, by President Harry Truman. Read the rest of this entry