How to Pray for the U.S. on National Day of Prayer

By   •   May 1, 2014

Billy Graham praying

This year’s National Day of Prayer Honorary Chairman, Anne Graham Lotz, penned a prayer that calls on the Lord to forgive our sins and heal our land. Lotz is an evangelist, author and speaker, as well as founder and president of AnGeL Ministries in Raleigh, N.C. She is the daughter of Billy Graham, who, along with his son Franklin, has also served as Honorary Chairman of the National Day of Prayer.

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association prayed the National Prayer during morning devotions Thursday. Public prayer was also held at the nearby Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C.

Below is Anne Graham Lotz’s prayer for the United States. Visit the National Day of Prayer website for more information about the 63rd annual observance.

Lord of the Universe. Lord of this planet. Lord of the nations. Lord of our hearts. On this National Day of Prayer, we look to You…
In the darkness, You are our Light.
In the storm, You are our Anchor.

In our weakness, You are our Strength. In our grief, You are our Comfort.
In our despair, You are our Hope.
In our confusion, You are our Wisdom. In time of terrorism, You are our Shield. In time of war, You are our Peace.

In times of uncertainty, You are the Rock on which we stand.

We make our prayer to You using the words of the prophet Daniel:

O Lord, You are the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant of love with those who love Him and keep His commandments. You are merciful and forgiving. You are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame because we have sinned against You, and done wrong. We have turned away from Your commands and principles. We have turned away from You.

Yet You have promised in 2 Chronicles 7, that if we–a people identified with You–would humble ourselves, pray, seek Your face, and turn from our wicked ways, then You would hear our prayer, forgive our sin and heal our land.

So we choose to stop pointing our finger at the sins of others, and examine our own hearts and lives. We choose to acknowledge our own sin–our neglect and defiance and ignorance and even rejection of You. This day we choose to repent.

In response to our heartfelt repentance, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Father of Jesus Christ, in keeping with all Your righteous acts and according to Your promise, turn away Your anger and Your wrath from the United States of America. Hear the prayers and petitions offered to You on this National Day of Prayer, as we give You our full attention. Give ear, our God, and hear; open Your eyes and see. We do not make requests of You because we are righteous, but because of Your great mercy.

For the glory of Your Name hear our prayer, forgive our sin, and heal our land.

We ask this in the name of Your Son Jesus Christ who offers us salvation from Your judgment, forgiveness for our sin, and reconciliation with You through His own blood shed on the Cross. Amen.

- 2014 National Prayer by Anne Graham Lotz

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  1. Alan E Ross says:

    I THANK YOU GOD AND JESUS FOR MY LIFE EVERY DAY , BUT I AM SAD TO SEE ALL THE EVIL GOING ON IN THIS COUNTRY ,AND ALL I CAN DO IS PRAY TO YOU LORD GOD,, I PRAY THAT I CAN BE OF SOME SERVICE TO YOU LORD TO SPREAD THE WORDS YOU HAVE TAUGHT US AS TO KEEP STRONG AND DELIVER YOUR MESSAGES AND BLESSINGS EVERY DAY TO THOSE WHO NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU JESUS.,’ I KNOW YOU ARE THE TRUTH AND THE WAY , I PRAY FOR PEACE ON EARTH ,,AND THIS COUNTRY , I WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOU JESUS TO REBUKE ALL THIS EVIL IN GOVERNMENT AND THE W H . I PRAY FOR JUSTICE TO BE DONE , I ASK FOR BLESSINGS FOR MY CHILDREN AND GRAND CHILDREN & LOVED ONES , PLEASE WATCH OVER THEM AND GUIDE THEM SAFELY I PRAY FOR PEACE IN THIS COUNTRY , IN JESUS NAME I PRAY …AMEN AMEN AMEN

  2. BETH ROBINSON says:

    I AGREE WITH EVERY WORD OF THIS PRAYER, PLEASE FATHER HEAR OUR CRY’S AND HEAL OUR LANDS. I PRAY THAT EVERY MAN WOMAN AND CHILD WOULD TURN TO YOU AND WE ALL WOULD BE ABLE TO BRING YOU HONOR AND GLORY. IN JESUS NAME AMEN.