How to Pray for Your Pastor

Pastor Ronnie Floyd shares his thoughts on How to Pray for Your Pastor.

Pastors may appear as though they are so strong they do not need prayer. But I can assure you, any pastor genuinely called to the ministry knows he needs prayer; earnest, passionate, and effective prayer. “Pray for me” should be the number one personal request from a pastor of the church he serves.

Stand on God’s Word When You Pray for Your Pastor

I think the strength of prayer stands on the authority of Holy Scripture. You need to stand on the infallibility and truthfulness of God’s Word when you pray for your pastor. I want to challenge you to pray while standing on Colossians 1:9-12:

“For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you. We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, so that you may have endurance and patience, joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light.”

Read more at his site: Ronnie Floyd, Senior Pastor, Cross Church and President of the National Day of Prayer


To AZNDP Leaders and County Coordinators. Forwarding a message from The National Day of Prayer to our Arizona State Coordinator Jann Durst. Reads:

National Day of Prayer Announces 2018 Theme, ‘Pray for America – Unity’ 
“Government cannot fix us. Politics will not heal us … Only God can heal America and mend our faultiness.”
 — Dr. Ronnie Floyd, president of the National Day of Prayer
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3, 2018, will focus on prayer for unity in America, announced Dr. Ronnie Floyd, the organization’s president.
In a leadership summit with regional coordinators and leaders of the prayer movement, Dr. Floyd announced the theme for next year’s National Day of Prayer: “Pray for America – Unity.” The theme is anchored around Ephesians 4:3, which says, “Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
“The mass shootings that have rocked Las Vegas and recently Sutherland Springs, Texas, the terrorist attack that killed eight people in Manhattan, the natural disasters that have swept from the East to the West Coasts, the escalating racial tensions and confrontations in our cities and the political division and polarization that has divided the nation beyond anything any of us has ever seen all tell us that America is yearning for peace and unity,” said Dr. Floyd.
“The spirit of the age appears to be ruling in this hour. America needs God now more than any time in our history,” Dr. Floyd said. “And there’s no higher calling for the church in America than to be the unifying force our fractured society so desperately needs.”
Leading up to the National Day of Prayer, Dr. Floyd, who was appointed as the organization’s president in August, is calling Christians of all stripes to pray for the next Great Awakening in America.
“The National Day of Prayer must become a multi-church, multi-denominational, multi-ministry, multi-generational, multi-ethnic and multi-lingual movement of prayer for America,” said Dr. Floyd. “I believe deeply that as the church goes, so goes America. And as America goes, so goes the rest of the world. If the church does not see revival, the country will never see it either.”
“In our generation there has never been a time more than today when the National Day of Prayer has been needed more,” Dr. Floyd added.
This past September, when President Trump declared a National Day of Prayer for the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and the Southeast, Dr. Floyd prayed on national television. Dr. Floyd’s prayer was watched live on TV and online by millions of people in America. Recently, Dr. Floyd also traveled to Washington, D.C., where he met and prayed with Congressional leaders, including Speaker Paul Ryan.
Under Dr. Floyd’s leadership, the National Day of Prayer is growing into a prayer movement that mobilizes millions of Americans to unified public prayer for the United States.
“Government cannot fix us. Politics will not heal us. The hope for America is to experience the next Great Spiritual Awakening,” Dr. Floyd said. “Only God can heal America and mend our faultlines, and the church must lead with fervent and faithful prayer.”
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. 
Next year’s National Day of Prayer, May 3, 2018, will mark the 30th anniversary of President Reagan signing the amended law into effect.
In 2017, an estimated 2 million Americans observed the National Day of Prayer in over 30,000 events, organized by 40,000 volunteers in all 50 states. Additionally, the National Day of Prayer was also observed in some way in over 80 countries.
A graphic for the 2018 National Day of Prayer theme and photographs of Dr. Floyd are available here.                               
Dr. Ronnie Floyd is the senior pastor of Cross Church and president of the National Day of Prayer, which each year mobilizes millions of Americans to unified public prayer for the United States. He’s the immediate past president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Follow him on Twitter @ronniefloyd.
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, President Ronald Reagan signed the amended law designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer. Every year, millions of Americans, in tens of thousands of meetings across all 50 states, come together for unified public prayer for America. Dr. Ronnie Floyd is the president of the National Day of Prayer.
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National Day of Prayer on Patriot Day; September 11

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims Friday, September 8, 2017, through Sunday, September 10, 2017, as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance | whitehouse.gov

We honor this day in coming together in remembrance of those who passed on the day of September 11, 2001 in a time of silence and prayer for their families. We thank God for all the fellow American’s who came to the aid of many victims of this tragic and terrible day.

National Day of Prayer 2017 Arizona Reports

Jann Durst,
Arizona State Coordinator

National Day of Prayer

Coordinator – Lorilea Hudgins
Attendance – Approximately 200
This event is held on the lawn in front of the Arizona State Capitol each year. Lorilea reported this year’s event was “awesome”; that it hit the mark, named the name of Jesus and gave honor to His name. Lorilea stated there was good representation from government and youth leaders. She said she was very impressed with the prayers offered by the Phoenix Chief of Police, and by the young man who appeared with her and gave a mighty, powerful, and prophetic prayer. Moms in Prayer participated for the first time this year, and Teen Challenge also assisted with the event. Lorilea stated there was a good turnout, and she felt this year there was a better connection with the public.

Coordinator – William Simotti Assistant – Al Garza
Attendance – 28
The event was held in Sierra Vista, Arizona; 28 people were in attendance – this was the lowest turnout in many years. The temperature was close to 90 degrees on May 4th.
Bill Simotti and his wife Carmen have organized the National Day of Prayer in front of City Hall since 1984. This year a crowd numbering 28 gathered under the noontime sun on the lawn in front of City Hall where people were invited to pray for government leaders. “Most of the people who come pray, but they don’t speak,” said Bill Simotti. Evangelist Al Garza lead the group in prayers for local, state and federal officials, and five people approached the podium with messages of hope and calls for spiritual guidance for elected officials.

Coordinator – Lois Johnson
Assistant – Carla Abraham
Attendance – 436
Lois Johnson reported that this year she asked the local churches to open their doors on May 4th and request that their members come and pray. There were 20 churches in Gila County that participated – 17 in the Payson area and 3 in Globe. In addition, an event was held at the Payson High School, one at the Payson Christian School, and one at a local rehabilitation facility. There were also three events held at local adult care facilities, and one event was held at Oasis Christian Bookstore in Payson.

Coordinator – Pastor Bob Sainz
Attendance – 40
Pastor Bob reported there were four churches present. Each church had representatives pray according to the NDP’s directives and spiritual climate of our Nation. They began with worship, a simple introduction, and then allowed each church to pray during a time of corporate prayer. The event ended with corporate prayer and worship by the worship team.

Coordinator – Angela Privitt and Lon Privitt
Assistant – Pastor Jerry Green
Angie Privitt reported there were 10 to 12 churches in the Anthem area that participated, and that the churches are taking on the event themselves. Angie stated, “It was not a heavy burden this year.” She also reported there was definitely a move of the Spirit over the preparation and event itself, and that it is obvious the churches are coming together. Angie said approximately 10 churches in the North Valley participated. Angie also reported that Jerry Green, former Gila County Coordinator now living in the Phoenix area, is becoming active in NDP and has encouraged many churches in Mesa with many who attended.

Coordinator – Valerie Heflin
Attendance – Approximately 300
Valerie reported that she and her team learned that God works His plan. The team had invited a special speaker three months prior to the event, and three days prior to the National Day of Prayer this person called and cancelled. Valerie and her team contacted DJ Scott Herrold of Sounds of the Spirit radio station in Las Vegas, NV, who cleared his schedule so he could come and speak at their event. Valerie said he was fabulous and all were blessed! They rented the Mohave High School Auditorium for the event. Valerie stated the praise and worship was fantastic. They also had ministry booths from various agencies which were well received. Valerie reported that she and her team made the decision to add an eighth point to the seven pillars – the persecuted church. They had a Southern Baptist pastor, who had served overseas, and had been persecuted and shot twice, pray for this point. She stated it was an incredible evening that truly honored the Lord.

Coordinator – Catherine Mark
Assistant – Rosalie Ibarra
Southern Pima County Coordinator – Pastor Bruce Van Sickle
Attendance – 1,276
Catherine stated there were 16 events held in Pima County. A 24-hour prayer service, with 11 churches participating, started on May 3rd and continued through May 4th. In addition, a Youth Rally was held on Friday, May 5th at Kennedy Park Fiesta Area in Tucson. Catherine said it is imperative to reach the youth now, not wait for the future.

Representative – Pastor Stan Rios
Pastor Stan Rios reported he went to the Tohono O’Odham Indian Reservation and, with the approval of Chief Judge Harvey, he and his team were allowed to pray in the courtroom for forty-five minutes on Thursday, May 4th. A time of repentance of sin and injustice was held, forgiveness was asked for, and the name of the Lord was proclaimed in the courtroom for the Tohono O’Odham Indian Tribe. Pastor Stan stated he hopes to be allowed to bring teams into the other tribal courtrooms in the future.

Coordinator – Daniel Briscoe
Daniel Briscoe stated this year he was not able to hold all the events he usually did due to a heavy school schedule. He was able to organize events for See You at the Pole and Collegiate Day this year. Daniel stated there was success in a community service the Sunday prior to May 4th. He is building a team at Grand Canyon University and is looking forward to next year. Daniel expressed his appreciation for being able to participate with the Capitol Event by live streaming the event.

Pima County Youth Rally An Army Rising Up 3rd Edition

For your Great name sake oh Lord!

Please be sure to mark your calendar for National Day of Prayer Youth Rally, Friday, May 5 th , 2017. You and your organization are a vital part of the community in Tucson. Let’s unite together and pray for God to bless this nation and restore our city!

Our High Calling

“I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, and give Him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”  Isaiah 62:6-7

Prayer is a high calling and an amazing privilege. A person of prayer is one of the most important callings our lives as a Christian. Just think about this for a moment: We can talk with the God of the universe! And we can know that not only does He listen attentively and with great affection, but also He responds by revealing His Heart, giving us direction, blessing our circumstances, releasing justice, and much more.

Reverend Lois Blei
National Day of Prayer, Mountain States
Regional Prayer Shield Coordinator
With Joyful Expectations

A Life of Significance

“If you want to change the world, invest in helping another person to reach his or her potential.”
—John Maxwell

What is the most strategic thing you could do to improve the life of others? Ask yourself what can I do the rest of my life to build a life of significance. John decided he wanted to add value to 10 people, he wanted to intentionally come into their life and compliment, complete, and add value to them. They never knew what John’s intention was; only that he was pleasant to be around. He soon discovered what his joy was and to do it.

Giving up your game and in a selfless way, begin to pour into the life of others. This was greater than personal success.  I know what I can do, but what can I do for others, with others.

THE BIG IDEA is that if you want to change the world, invest in helping another person reach their potential…

Change the world through, with, or beside someone…

Ask yourself…who could that person be?

Think: Who in your life could benefit from your life experience? Who could you invest in to help reach his or her potential? Now..Think of everyone you know in every area of your life.
How could you combine what you are passionate about with a person who can benefit from your experience in that area?

Do: Once you have identified this person, offer to become a mentor. Plan to come alongside this person for a season of time, months or even years — and meet periodically.

Set the time to meet once or twice a month, however works for both of you. Ask the person to come to the meeting with questions.

As long as the person is working to grow and as long as you are able to be helpful, continue to meet.

Tell: After you’ve identified someone to mentor, tell others about it. If you use social media, post using the hashtag #IntentionalLiving.

Read, Think…Then Ask Yourself…Who Could That Person Be?

Jann Durst, The Arizona National Day of Prayer Coordinator

State of Arizona Proclamation for The National Day of Prayer

Governor Doug Ducey has just signed a proclamation stating that May 4, 2017 is protected by the First Amendment to come together publicly to pray. This is a tremendous victory in the fight for the Christian values our Country was founded upon.

The Arizona National Day of Prayer is approaching fast. Now is the time to register your event. Visit our locations page to find a prayer event in your city. Lets bring prayer back to America!

The National Day of Prayer Proclamation for the State of Arizona protected by the First Amendment to come together publicly to pray on May 4, 2017; signed by our Governor Doug A Ducey.

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