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Live Blog - National Day of Prayer

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Here at CP Events blog we are joining the National Day of Prayer National Observance which started at 9 am Eastern. While many Americans are meeting for local observances, this national meeting is being held at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C.


Bobby Little of the Christian Embassy introduces the Ambassador of Malawi who will lead in prayer for the nations.

Ambassador Steve Matenje prays for the peoples of the world to make peace to God through Jesus Christ.

Ambassador Matenje


Matenje prays for the victims of earthquakes in China and the victims of sex trafficking.


Matenje finally prays for the cities to be places of peace.


Shirley Dobson introduces Congressman Robert Aderholt.


Congressman Robert Aderholt is a member of the Congressional Prayer Caucus. Aderholt quotes Benjamin Franklin encouraging prayer for government.

Congressman Aderholt


John Bornschein introduces Annie Moses Band.


Annie Moses Band sings the hymn Praise to the Lord, the Almighty


Dr. Glenn Sheppard of International Prayer Ministries describes the need for repentance taught in Acts 8.


The audience kneels in prayer.

 Dr. Sheppard leads in prayer.


Wintley Phipps quotes the hymn No Need to Fear before singing the song and asks the question: What was the cost of real estate before the great flood?

Be still my soul and trust in God
And place your life into his hands
For he will never fail you
And in the morning you'll see his face
No need to fear - don't fear

No need to fear the envy and the scorn
Of those who boast in what they own
No need to fear

Lyrics to song by Graham Kendrick


John Bornschein introduces Judge David Gustafson.


Judge Gustafson thanks the nonchristians attending the National Day of Prayer and recognizes their good will.


Gustafson talks about the harm that can be done when a judge makes a mistake and asks us to vote for the judiciary.

Judge David Gustafson

Gustafson reminds us that judges sentence criminals and hear child custody cases. "Please pray that God will give us wisdom beyond our wisdom."


Dr. Dick Eastman of Every Home for Christ leads in prayer for judges and asks that God bring righteous judges.


James Dobson describes how Americans should be thankful for the legacy of freedom stemming from the founding fathers of this country. Then Dobson introduces Frank Wolf.


Dr. James Dobson


Frank Wolf details the history of the founding of the National Day of Prayer.

Congressman Frank Wolf

 Memorable phrase: "kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall."


Wolf addresses the decline of America such as exploding debt, shuttering of factories and the decline of morality. Wolf says the solutions to America's problems are not political and asks us to pray for people that will walk humbly with God.


"Vices are elevated, virtues are mocked." Wolf also describes of "the nones" - people with no religious affiliation. Wolf quotes de Tocqueville:

I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers - and it was not there . . . in her fertile fields and boundless forests and it was not there . . . in her rich mines and her vast world commerc - and it was not there . . . in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution - and it vas not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.


Wolf says that God hears the cries of his people. Wolf talks about how a woman asked him why the Soviet Union fell. She believed it fell because of God answering prayers.


Vonette Bright, Co-Chairman National Day of Prayer Task Force reminds us to pray for Congress.

Vonette Bright

 Bright also quotes Colossians 1:9


People in attendance pray for their congressmen.


Pat Boone describes the legacy of prayer in America.


Boone says it is not a fable that George Washington prayed at Valley Forge, kneeling in the snow while his troops faced almost certain defeat.

Boone says that the "wall of separation of church and state" is being misused to advance secularism.


Boone describes early historical events when America's founding fathers embraced religious practice. Benjamin Franklin called for a daily sermon before Congress began deliberations. John Jay, a member of the Supreme Court, said that Christians were prefered for government positions.


Boone quotes Proverbs 21:1 which says, "In the LORD's hand the king's heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him."


"Heaven is waiting for our decisions and our petitions."


Annie Moses leads the audience in singing the song God of Wonders.

God of wonders beyond our galaxy
You are holy, holy
The universe declares your majesty
You are holy, holy

Annie Moses singing God of Wonder


Annie Moses leads participants in singing the hymns Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty and It Is Well With My Soul.


Shirley Dobson, "If that didn't set you on fire, you have wet wood."


Shirley Dobson says that there is no representative from the executive branch at today's event and introduces Senate Chaplain Barry Black.


Barry Black reads 1 Timothy 2:1-4

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.


Black reminds us that we are to pray for ALL PEOPLE.


Senate Chaplain Barry Black

Barry Black: "Let us stop praying only for ourselves."


Black reminds us to give thanks. "God, you have been better to me than I ever deserved." Black also says, "Godliness is a national security issue."

11:20 Barry Black receives a standing ovation after he finishes speaking.

David Butts announces a surprise. The Obama Administration does have a representative at the event.


David Butts asks participants to pray with their hands extended towards the White House. Butts prays for Ambassador Cook that is in attendance. Butts also prays for the peace and prosperity of America.

David Butts
Hands outstretched in prayer.


Wintley Phipps tells the story of visiting a prison with Chuck Colson and humming Amazing Grace and the inmates standing in reverence. Then Phipps hums the song Amazing Grace before singing it.

Wintley Phipps singing Amazing Grace.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me....
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.


Phipps sings the song How Great Thou Art.

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed:

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee:
How great thou art! How great thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee:
How great thou art! How great thou art!


James Dobson tells a story about attending a Presidential Prayer Breakfast about 10 years ago and Mother Teresa talked about abortion not as a political issue but from the heart.

Then Dobson introduces the honorary chairperson pastor Greg Laurie.

James Dobson gets laughter when he accidentally introduces Greg Laurie as head of Harvard and then corrects himself. Laurie is pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship.


Greg Laurie reminds us that with God nothing is impossible and that God can turn America around.

Keynote speaker Greg Laurie


Laurie addresses the decline of the family in America. "63% of suicides are from fatherless homes."


Laurie says the revival means to be restored to original condition and describes restoration of a classic car.


After the audio dropped, it is back.


Laurie tells a Bible story in Acts 12 about how an early church is holding a prayer meeting and Rhode went to the door and Paul was there but the people praying didn't believe her.


Laurie says that Mathew 12:21 is the theme verse for this year's National Day of Prayer: "In his name the nations will put their hope."


Laurie closes with prayer - a prayer for America. The prayer mentions random violence and God being removed from culture. "We have forgotten God, but you haven't forgot us." Laurie prays for revival that changes the moral landscape.


James Dobson mentions that he was 5 years old when World War II started. He asked his mom if America could lose this war. Dobson also describes when a plane flew over him and his grandmother and she said they needed to pray for the pilot.

Dobson describes the Battle of Dunkirk and how everyone thought the war was lost and there was a call for a national day of prayer - May 26, 1940. The churches were packed and people prayed for a miracle. 24 hours later Hitler stopped the assault and people do not know why.

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Dobson introduces Rear Admiral William D. Lee of the United States Coast Guard and Chaplain Colonel Thomas Waynick of the United States Army.


Lee says that less than 1% of the American population are serving in the military. Less than 8% of our total American population will serve in the military.

Rear Admiral William D. Lee describes himself as "a sinner in a sailor suit."


According to Lee, 349 active duty soldiers committed suicide last year. Every 65 minutes a veteran commits suicide.


Lee asks for us to pray for these soldiers and their leaders. Lee also says that lawyers are restricting religious expression of soldiers and that there are not enough chaplains to go around.


Lee says that there are two times in the Bible where it says that Jesus was amazed. One of those times Jesus was amazed by the faith of a simple soldier. "We are being told to hide that light under a basket."

Lee says he did a search in Amazon on books on leadership and found over 90,000 hits but the best book on the subject was not on the list - the Bible.


CP Events has been live blogging with the aid of the video feed from God TV. The video dropped out. Chaplain Colonel Thomas Waynick was to lead in prayer for military personnel.


We hope that you make time today to pray for America and the rest of the world on this National Day of Prayer.

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