National Day of Prayer Preparation Workbook
Help Your Students Prepare for National Day of Prayer
The first Thursday in May is a very special day. It is National Day of Prayer. National Day of Prayer dates back to 1787 when Benjamin Franklin asked President George Washington to begin each day with prayer and to realize how deeply entwined prayer is in the fabric of this country.
National Day of Prayer asks that people of all faiths pray for our nation. And we do.
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To help T and myself prepare for this day I have prepared a worksheet which is designed to help us organize our thoughts in preparation for The National Day of Prayer.
Before You Begin The Question Section of the Worksheets:
At the beginning of the lesson discuss what National Day of Prayer is. The National Day of Prayer website has a lot of useful material we will be using.
In 2018, our theme was Pray for America – UNITY, based upon Ephesians 4:3 which challenges us to mobilize unified public prayer for America, “Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
In 2019, our theme was Love One Another – based upon John 13:34 “Love one another as I have loved you.”
In 2020 the theme was “Pray God’s Glory Across the Earth” with the text from Habakkuk 2:14 “For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, As the waters cover the sea.”
In 2021 the theme will be “Lord pour out Your LOVE, LIFE, and LIBERTY.” Praying and proclaiming a promise of God in the theme verse, 2 Corinthians 3:17, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
Once your students understand what this day means and have been introduced to the theme, you can move onto the section which includes some of the major groups that make up our government.
Government By Groups
Go through the major groups that make up our government line by line and discuss how we may best pray for these groups individually. Where may they be struggling? If students feel a special draw towards one or more groups have them circle it and discuss their choice. Once this is completed then you can move on to the next section.
The Prayer Preparation Worksheet Includes These Important Questions:
- Where do I feel like our country could most use significant change?
- What specific issues that America faces do I see as our greatest obstacles?
- What groups of people in America do I feel have a need for a lot of extra prayers and why?
- Where outside of American do I hope to see America make a positive impact?
- How do you think God may guide or direct you to help with these matters?
- How can we best pray for our leaders?
- What are some of the greatest blessings Americans have? How can I thank God for those?
After we have completed our worksheets we will each write out a prayer to read and we will pray together on Thursday. We will also view this video and pray with the nation for our nation. You can too!
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