Instructions for Hosting an Event
Perhaps, God is speaking to your heart to open your home or talk with your Pastor to open the church for prayer. If God is moving your heart to organize a prayer event, simply follow these instructions below titled, Getting Involved.
Gird Yourself Spiritually. Pray and Seek God’s direction.
Second, find organizations that will help you stay in touch with whats going on in the nation for your daily and continual prayer. Here are a few:
Next, form a size group God provides, or a helper and discuss who will come and how to invite them. Is this open to the community or only for churches? Whether you’re an organizer or not; God looks for willing hearts.
Then, decide on the location. E.g. the park, a coffee shop, your home, or your church. You may need to make reservations at some locations so please consider doing this soon, as some venues require planning months in advance. Remember its okay to keep it simple–don’t stress.
Promote the event. Create a flyer. Downloadable flyer templates can provide you with a beautiful flyer. Visit The National Day of Prayer Store for items of interest. We can provide you with a packet of items and videos that your pastor and congregation can use to promote your prayer event. Create flyers and display on community board bulletins. Ask local shops to place flyers on the counters. Another option is using social media as a platform to spread the word. With social media, you can promote your event without any costs.
Additionally, we can help promote your event! Be sure to provide us with details of your prayer event and we will add it to our list of prayer events in Arizona on our website. People can visit The Arizona National Day of Prayer to find a local prayer event they can attend. With your permission, we can post your event on our Facebook page as well. We will provide you with links to share with your Facebook friends, email, or text them.
What to pray for? The National Day of Prayer has 7 Important Points of Prayer: Government (Federal, State and Local), Military, Media, Business, Education, Church and, Families. Remember, this list is not exhaustive–you can always add to it!
Is this the first time you have ever coordinated anything in your life! No need to be intimidated. You’ll do just fine! And, did I mention, if you have questions, email us at email@example.com. And of course, we will be praying for you.
First, Pray and let God Lead
God, through His Word, teaches us to pray for our leaders. Those who are over us making decisions for us every day. Whether we agree with their policies or not, they need prayer. The National Day of Prayer sets precedence on one day out of the year for Christians of all backgrounds to gather and pray. Every first Thursday in May, prayer is heard throughout America, in churches, parks, conference rooms, auditoriums, and in our own homes. We pray for Government (Federal, State and Local), Military, Media, Business, Education, Church and, Families. We lift these important prayer points to our Loving Father.
There are numerous testimonies from the Bible of prayer warriors who were in war confronting the enemy and there was no other way out. They would humble themselves and through prayer, God heard from Heaven and brought deliverance. Their nation was changed and it was all through the power of Prayer. Sometimes God, who was named Warrior would fight the battle for them. God is our Deliverer. God is faithful to those who put their trust in Him.
Daniel 10:12, NIV: “Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and thimble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.
Exodus 15:3,7, NIV: “The Lord is a Warrior; the Lord is His Name. Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has hurled into the sea.” “In the Greatness of Your Majesty, You threw down those who opposed you.”
2 Kings 7 – At dusk, they got up and went to the camp of the Arameans. When they reached the edge of the camp, no one was there, for the Lord had caused the Arameans to hear the sound of chariots and horses and a great army, so that they said to one another, ‘Look, the king of Israel has hired the Hittite and Egyptian kings to attack us!’ So they got up and fled in the dusk and abandoned their tents and their horses and donkeys. They left the camp as it was and ran for their lives.”
Would you find a location near you on May 3 and join with His people in prayer?
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Arizona State Coordinator
National Day of Prayer
ARIZONA STATE CAPITOL
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.
ARIZONA UNIVERISTY AND COLLEGE INSTITUTIONS
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.
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!
“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
“If you want to change the world, invest in helping another person to reach his or her potential.”
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.
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!
Read, Think…Then Ask Yourself…Who Could That Person Be?
Jann Durst, The Arizona National Day of Prayer Coordinator