Pray for America: 2023 National Day of Prayer

Join us on May 4, 2023, as we pray fervently for God to heal our land.

On May 4, 2023, join thousands of intercessors across our nation as we pray for America on National Day of Prayer.

This is the 72nd annual observance of the National Day of Prayer which began in 1952 by a joint act of Congress. In 1988 that law was amended, designating the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May.

This year’s theme is “Pray Fervently in Righteousness,” and is based on James 5:16b (NKJV), “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

Prayer is key to renewal in our nation. As we come together in unified prayer for America, we believe God is going to heal our land and that there will be a nation-wide awakening to the truth that Jesus Christ is the way, truth, and life.

2 Ways You Can Participate on National Day of Prayer

Here are two ways you can join this movement of prayer for America, and don’t forget to invite others to join on the National Day of Prayer.

Join a Local Prayer Gathering

Each year, people gather in over 60,000 local community events to pray. You can either find a local prayer gathering near you or host one and invite others to join.

Post or Find a Prayer Gathering

Watch the National Day of Prayer Broadcast

The National Day of Prayer Broadcast will begin at 8 p.m. ET on May 4. Pray along with the broadcast via livestream, Facebook, or your favorite Christian television and radio networks.

Watch the Broadcast

3 Free Resources to Guide Your Prayers on National Day of Prayer

Here are three resources that you can use and share as you pray bold prayers of faith for our nation.

7 Ways to Pray for America

This prayer guide provides devotional, Scriptures, specific prayer points, and powerful prayers from leaders across our nation. Use this prayer guide to pray that the Bible will continue to be America’s guiding book and that lives will be transformed through its wisdom.

Download “7 Ways to Pray for America” Resource

5 Ways to Pray for Your City

This prayer guide will help you as you pray for your city and cities across America. Use this prayer guide to pray that God will rebuild and restore our cities so that people are cared for, built up spiritually, and thriving in community.

Download “5 Ways to Pray for Your City” Resource

State of the Bible Report

This 13th annual State of the Bible report provides insights into America’s relationship with God, faith, and the Bible. Download the first chapter today to learn what the latest report has uncovered and how you can pray.

Download “State of the Bible” Resource

2023 National Prayer for America

Join us as we pray this prayer written by Kathy Branzell, President of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. To see the full prayer, click here.

We come with fervent hearts to praise You Lord. You are The Word, the Way, Truth and Life. The Alpha and Omega, Lion of Judah, Almighty God who was, and is, and is to come. You clothed Yourself in flesh and dwelt among us, to remove our sin and clothe us in Your righteousness that we might dwell with You forever and ever.

With an obedient heart we put on the full armor of God; Your breastplate of righteousness guards our heart from which flows the springs of life. We pray fervently for our communities and country; the people who are in the Church, Family, Education, Business and Workplace, Military, Government, Arts, Entertainment and Media. Every person is Your workmanship, fearfully and wonderfully created and loved. With hopeful hearts we pray that all would choose to receive Your love and follow You. We pray that America would confess, “Jesus is Lord” and reflect Your righteousness in every sphere of influence, and every aspect of our lives. We ask that heavenly hope would flood our hearts, silence hate, and that You will heal our land.

Believing You; all You are, all You said, and all You have promised, we pray fervently in righteousness and avail much. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen!

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Nena Podbury
Nena Podbury

Nena Podbury is a Prayer Mobilization Associate at American Bible Society. Originally from the Bronx, she served in children’s ministry for 12 years doing Sidewalk Sunday School. Nena is married with two children, Noah and Emilia.

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