Although it clearly forced a format change in most activities, the current Coronavirus pandemic is in no way slowing down the National Day of Prayer, which takes place this year on Thursday, May 7 — the 68th run of the observance.
This year’s theme is “Pray God’s Glory Across the Earth,” based on Habakkuk 2:14.
“Although the COVID-19 virus outbreak has resulted in quarantines, sheltering in place, and church service closures, the Body of Christ has moved forth in creative ways to honor this National Day of Prayer,” said Linda David, a member of the Oregon leadership team for the prayer day. “Although formats may look different this year, large and small prayer events will go forth. Some may include worship along with targeted prayers for our nation, government, communities, and families. You are invited to join with others to be a part of the National Day of Prayer in praying with others from your city through events, live streaming, or social media.”
A nationwide observance of the National Day of Prayer will still take place on May 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. Pacific time. It will be broadcast, streamed and posted in many ways including at nationaldayofprayer.org. In addition, it can be seen on Facebook Live, will be cross-posted by Instagram, and can be viewed on television on GodTV and Daystar.
At press time, plans also were being firmed up for a virtual event on Facebook Live from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a different Oregon city facilitating each hour. For Oregon and Washington event details, go to www.nationaldayofprayer.org/events.