Dr. Ronnie Floyd, president of the National Day of Prayer, announced Tuesday that the theme of the 2019 observance on Thursday, May 2, will be “Love One Another,” based upon the words of Jesus in John 13:34, which says, “Love one another. Just as I have loved you.”
“Love can change America,” Floyd said in announcing the theme to a gathering of leaders from across the country.
“We need a baptism of love by the Holy Spirit that will immerse the entire Church of Jesus Christ in America and a baptism of love that will immerse all of America today,” he added later. “From the church house to the state house and all the way to the White House, we need to learn to love.
The theme is one that has potential to engage all Americans because it is biblical, relevant, clear, simple, and understandable.
Even among the vast majority of America that “doesn’t look like us, believe like us, talk like us, and understand us,” Floyd said, “They understand that America’s broken. They may not understand why. But they understand America’s broken, and in their mindset, if there’s a God who exists, He’s about the only one who can fix it.”
Floyd urged believers across the nation to do everything they can to call people in the United States to unite in public prayer in the days leading up to and on the National Day of Prayer, May 2, 2019.
“This is our message. This is what we will declare. This is what we will believe. This is what we will advance. This is what we will forward. This is the message of Jesus: ‘Love one another, just as I have loved you,’” Floyd said.
More specifically, Floyd asked everyone to share and advance the message through social media using the official hashtag for the day of prayer: #love1another.
“I need you to do something greater than that,” he continued. “I need you to begin to live it. And I need you to help me call America to it. And forward it to the 350,000 churches and 200 denominations that are in desperate, desperate need for it.”
The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was unanimously amended by both the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on Thursday, May 5, 1988, designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer. Every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.
Many Christians are unaware that they live in a nation that has a law in place requiring our President proclaim a National Day of Prayer each year on the first Thursday in May. The President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals. (Public Law 105-225)
As citizens and residents of the United States and as believers in Christ Jesus,we not only have a spiritual responsibility according to 1 Timothy 2:1-2 to pray, but a civic duty as well to heed our President’s call to stand in the gap for our nation. Who but God’s people have the ability to enter into the very throne room of Heaven with prayers and petitions!
Prayer brings people together. Prayer builds bridges between opposing persons and even political parties. Prayer reminds us that we are created in God’s image and He desires for us to represent Him everywhere we go. Prayer brings UNITY. In 2018, our theme will be 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.”
Our hope is that individuals, churches, and spiritual leaders in America, will humble ourselves and unify in prevailing prayer for the next great move of God in America. We can come together in clear agreement that this is our greatest need. We can become a visible union, standing together in prayer. We can pray more than ever before, and practice extraordinary prayer for the next great move of God in America that will catapult the message of the gospel nationally and internationally.