Suggested Ideas for Observing the National Day of Prayer
in Churches and Messianic Synagogues
Most of the materials you may need can be found at the NDP Home site
• Have children punch holes in the NDP Bookmarks and tie red and blue ribbons on them. Then pass them out to the congregation after the service.
• Have several congregations gather at the city hall flagpole at noon on the National Day of Prayer and pray for your civic leaders and pastors.
• Organize a prayer walk from your church to your city hall and finalize your walk by praying for your mayor and city council.
• Have the youth tie red and blue reminder ribbons on the antenna of each car in the parking lot.
• Have a representative from each denomination lead the prayer for each category in the NDP Prayer Guide .
• Every weekend in April have a representative from each denomination go as a group to a local prison and pray for the salvation of the inmates.
• Have your mayor participate in your National Day of Prayer observance and present a proclamation.
• Have the police department, the fire department, your civic leaders and all the denominations in your city participate in a citywide National Day of Prayer program.
• In the weeks leading up to the National Day of Prayer, include topics of prayer and appropriate Scriptures in your congregational bulletin or newsletter to focus attention on the need to pray for the country. Suggested topics: repentance, civic leaders, schools, law enforcement, etc.
• Promote the National Day of Prayer in denominational magazines and newsletters, congregational bulletins (don’t forget the NDP Bulletin Inserts and NDP Program Covers), neighborhood newspapers and community bulletin boards.
• On the Sabbath/Sunday prior to the National Day of Prayer, have interested lay people conduct or assist with the worship service. Some can read historical quotes and information. Others can give testimonies on how God has been worthy of their trust and how prayer has been a part of that trust. During Sunday school, teachers can discuss our forefathers and their beliefs.
• During a National Day of Prayer observance, set aside time to encircle the clergy of your community and pray for wisdom, strength and protection for them and their families.
• Use local military personnel, Boy Scouts and/or veterans to “present the colors” during your National Day of Prayer services.
• Contact your local ministerial association to discuss a citywide church event. Assign a section of your observance to each church to ensure coverage of all prayer requests.
• Host a prayer breakfast or lunch meeting. Feature a speaker on a prayer-related subject. Provide participants with NDP Prayer Guides and NDP Bookmarks.
• Create a “kids’ prayer chain” where each link in the chain bears the name of friends they would like to pray for. Use red, white and blue paper for the links. Have the children add names to the chain and help link them together before the prayer time.
• Order NDP Bulletin Inserts or NDP Program Covers to be handed out the Sabbath/Sunday before the National Day of Prayer. Include information of known observances and a slip of paper for the people to write down prayer requests to be deposited in a designated place and prayed for during your observance of the National Day of Prayer.
• Ask your clergy leader to deliver a lesson on prayer each Sabbath/Sunday for the month of April. This will help prepare the congregation for the National Day of Prayer. The final message could be delivered as part of your congregation’s National Day of Prayer observance.
• In Sunday school, or even adult worship, present a puppet show with a script designed to emphasize the NDP theme. Get junior high or high school age students to write the script . . . they’ll have a great time doing it!
• Dramatize a historical figure’s belief in prayer by having them dress as the character and speak in church the Sunday before NDP to generate interest.
• In the weeks leading up to NDP, include topics of prayer and appropriate Scriptures in your church bulletin or newsletter to focus attention on the need to pray for the country. Suggested topics: repentance, schools, law enforcement, etc.
• Use the Lord’s Prayer, phrase by phrase, as a pattern for your order of worship in your National Day of Prayer observance.
• Organize a 24-hour prayer vigil. Have people sign up for a segment of time to pray at home or at the church. Leave the church door open for those who wish to pray in the solitude of the sanctuary.