ABOVE: CBN News' John Jessup talks with NDP President Kathy Branzell about the 2022 National Day of Prayer broadcast. Watch the 90-minute program below.
The National Day of Prayer Task Force joined forces with Pray.com to host a prayer gathering for our nation. This year's theme for the 2022 National Day of Prayer broadcast is "Exalt the Lord Who Has Established Us" – it comes from the New Testament's book of Colossians.
Colossians was written by the Apostle Paul during his first imprisonment in Rome. He wrote the letter to the Christians living in Colosse, a small city located on the Lycus River in present-day Turkey.
In verses 6-7 of chapter 2, Paul wrote, "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness."
The 90-minute program is hosted by NDP President Kathy Branzell, and will feature: Chris Tomlin, Matthew West, Pastor Robert Morris, Dr. Ed Young, Alan Jackson, Pastor Jack Graham, Joni Eareckson Tada, Ronnie Floyd, Pastor Skip Heitzig, Pastor Miles McPherson, Pastor Mark Batterson, Pastor Samuel Rodriguez, Lecrae, Anne Graham-Lotz, Nick Hall, Beth Jones, Mike Kai, and Bishop Kenneth Ulmer.
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.
Watch the trailer for the National Day of Prayer broadcast below:
Presidential Proclamation For The National Day of Prayer
President Joe Biden issued a proclamation ahead of the special day:
Throughout our history, prayer has been an anchor for countless Americans searching for strength and wisdom in times of struggle and sharing hope and gratitude in seasons of joy. In public reflections on life's many blessings and in quiet moments during life's most difficult trials, Americans of nearly every background and faith have turned to prayer for comfort and inspiration. Prayer is a sacred right protected by free speech and religious liberty enshrined in our Constitution, and it continues to lift our spirits as we navigate the challenges of our time.
On this day, we recognize the healing power of prayer, especially as we recover from the trauma and loss of the COVID‑19 pandemic. Today we find ourselves in a moment of renewal -- of lives saved, of new jobs created, and of new hope for rebuilding America. Today is also a moment of reflection when we are called to address some of the greatest challenges humanity has ever faced -- saving our planet from the existential threat of climate change; responding to attacks on democracy at home and abroad; and living up to our Nation's promise of liberty, justice, and equality for all.
As the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, "There is a need we all have in these days and times for some help which comes from outside ourselves." Across our diverse and cherished beliefs, on this National Day of Prayer, no matter how or whether we pray, we are all called to look outside ourselves. Let us find in our hearts and prayers the determination to put aside our differences, come together, and truly see one another as fellow Americans.
The Congress, by Public Law 100-307, as amended, has called on the President to issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a "National Day of Prayer."
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 5, 2022, as a National Day of Prayer. I call upon the citizens of our Nation to give thanks, in accordance with their own faiths and consciences, for our many freedoms and blessings, and I invite all people of faith to join me in asking for God's continued guidance, mercy, and protection.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-sixth.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.
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