Based on Habakkuk 2:14, this year’s theme for the National Day of Prayer on May 7, is “Pray God’s Glory Across the Earth.” But when it comes specifically to Oregon, coordinators for the observance here envision seeing that emphasis literally blanketing the state that day.
“We are excited to set a fire in the body of Christ with a passion to come together in prayer to cover Oregon with the love and glory of the Lord,” said Pamela Neighbor of the Portland metro area, who co-chairs the prayer day’s Oregon committee with Peter Carlson of Corvallis.
Their goal is to see an observance in every city throughout Oregon on May 7. Carlson and Neighbor are seeking individuals to organize events in each community, as well as support people to assist.
“We had twice as many cities participate in the National Day of Prayer last year as the year before,” said Carlson. “Doubling the participation yet again this year will involve nearly every incorporated city in Oregon.”
The events could take various forms, including outdoor or indoor prayer gatherings, concerts, and prayer luncheons. Times, locations and venues vary and are typically chosen to meet the needs of local communities as believers unite in unity.
The National Day of Prayer is observed annually on the first Thursday in May. This day of observance, designated by the U.S. Congress, calls for Americans “to turn to God in prayer and meditation.”
The modern law formalizing the National Day of Prayer was enacted in 1952, and each year since, the President of the United States has signed a proclamation, encouraging all to pray on this day. Each year almost 40,000 events are held nationwide.
Carlson and Neighbor point out that tools and practical helps are available to assist local event organizers.
For full information on the Oregon efforts, contact Carlson through the PrayOregon.org website or phone 541-936-2703. For more general information on the National Day of Prayer, go to nationaldayofprayer.org