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.

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

National Day of Prayer Event Help List

2017: If you are just reading this in March – or later, it’s still possible to pull together a community or church prayer event! Keep it simple: REMEMBER – PRAYER IS THE FOCUS

March: It’s not too late to begin!
• Officially invite local officials, police officers, chaplains, firemen, city council, etc
• Take posters to all local churches, houses of prayer, Christian schools, malls, coffee shops, (wherever people gather)
• Post your Event details on the NDPTF Website
• Keep committee informed; get updates
• Update with your leader coordinator; join national prayer call interceding for NDP coordinators • PRAY

April: Press On!
• Continue to promote with Continue to promote with radio, press releases, posters
• Secure proclamation (possible public signing), take pictures and post brief for blog, social media update or local media use
• Early in April, email your speakers, participants and musicians a program with schedule.
• Meet with team for progress report. Adjust as needed.
• Mid April, reconfirm speakers with date, time and location of your event and their time limit/topic. Review audiovisual needs with suppliers; confirm details.
• Review the web Media Section in the NDP Resource Manual below; inform media of your event date, time and location.
• Water bottles for presenters

May: Enjoy the Fruits
Before NDP:
• Meet with your team for a last-minute review of needs and confirmations and who will be filling those needs.

After NDP:
• Send thank you notes to your team, speakers, public officials, volunteers and anyone who contributed to the NDP event.
• Submit your event report online national website and send a short email report to your State Coordinator about your event.
• Complete event survey to help us learn what God has done and share the testimonies

June: Prayer and Thanksgiving
• Update database from event posters, people who purchased resources, new contacts
• Debrief with core team: praises and improvement
• Reserve space or secure permit for next year for public venues
• Join the and conference calls. To inquire | contact us: (available am and evening)

An Invitation from and Center For AZ Policy

AZNDP thanks the BridgeBuilders International and the Center for AZ Policy for their extended prayer event invitation; “UNITING IN PRAYER AMERICA”. On November 6, 2016 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm; we will meet for pray and worship for the 2016 General Election. The Prayer / Worship Rally location will be at the Arizona State Capitol Lawn on 1700 W. Washington Street, Downtown Phoenix, AZ. There is a map

Prayer / Worship Before Election in Arizona
Prayer / Worship Before Election in Arizona

available and parking is location on the east and west sides of the Capitol. Please remember to bring yourself a lawn chair and water. Please register with BridgeBuilders – to let them know you’re planning to attend. There is strength in numbers, please plan to come.

H. RES. 790 National Day of Personal Reflection & Repentance

For the first time in forty three years members of Congress in the United States have submitted a bill that calls for a day of repentance in this nation.  Congressman Doug Lamborn of Colorado, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler of Missouri, and Congressman Trent Franks of Arizona have submitted Resolution 790 to the House of Representatives expressing support for the designation of July 2, 2016 as the “National Day of Personal Reflection and Repentance.”

Pray now for God’s miracle for this bill now in committee to be passed by the House in the short time remaining before recessing this weekend. 

The text of the Resolution House Resolution 790 is a powerful lesson in United States Christian history. John Adams said that July 2, [was the actual day independence voted upon in 1776], “ought to be commemorated as a day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.”

Submitting the Resolution for a vote in and of itself is a victory.   Many of you have been praying that personal and national repentance would be re-discovered as God’s method to heal a nation.  God has heard those prayers.  One mighty step in His direction. We have breached a wall of ignorance and indifference thanks to the Holy Spirit! 2 Chronicles 7:14 is as alive as ever.   May this Resolution awaken other Christian leaders in government  in this and in other nations to the awesome power of repentance not just to bless every soul but also to heal a nation.

A National Prayer Request


Consider taking an hour this month in May to really dedicate to personal and individual prayer for the Nation. You may have already heard that we are “covering the calendar” in prayer by challenging many in our Region to one or more hours this month. You can sign up for an hour on our calendar.  For more information about this prayer initiative email us at

If you can’t commit to an hour, take some extra time this month to pray and consider adding fasting.  If you are looking for some ways to pray this month, check out the prayer resources on the website.

Dr. Tony Evans, 2016 National Day of Prayer Honorable Chairman

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. He is a pastor, best-selling author and frequent speaker at Bible conferences and seminars throughout the nation.

Dr. Evans has served as the senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship for over 36 years, witnessing its growth from ten people in 1976 to now over 8,500 congregants with 100 plus ministries.

Dr. Evans also serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on nearly 1,000 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 130 countries.

Dr. Evans has authored over 60 books including Kingdom Man, Oneness Embraced, The Kingdom Agenda, Marriage Matters and Victory in Spiritual Warfare. Dr. Evans serves as chaplain for the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, a ministry he has done for over 30 years. He is also the former chaplain for the Dallas Cowboys.

Through his local church and national ministry, Dr. Evans has set in motion a Kingdom Agenda philosophy of ministry that teaches God’s comprehensive rule over every area of life as demonstrated through the individual, family, church and society.

Dr. Tony Evans is married to Lois, his wife and ministry partner of over 40 years. They are the proud parents of four: Chrystal, Priscilla, Anthony, Jr., and Jonathan as well as proud grandparents of eleven: Kariss, Jessica, Jackson, Jesse, III., Jerry Jr., Kanaan, Jude, Joel, Kelsey, Jonathan, II, and Kamden.

Experiencing God by Shirley Dobson

In Experiencing God, Henry T. Blackaby and Claude V. King write:
Your personal prayer life may primarily be one-way communication­­—you talking to God. Prayer is more than that. Prayer includes listening as well. In fact, what God says in prayer is far more important than what you say…
Prayer is a relationship, not just a religious activity. Prayer is designed more to adjust you to God than to adjust God to you. God doesn’t need your prayers, but he wants you to pray. You need to pray because of what God wants to do in and through your life during your praying. God speaks to His people by the Holy Spirit through prayer… Genuine prayer does not lead to an encounter with God. It is an encounter with God.
Through prayer, God quickens our spirit by the power of His Holy Spirit. That’s an experience we don’t want to miss!

P.R.A.Y. for Today
Praise God fro His eternal perfection; repent of any attempts to adjust God to yourself; ask Him to adjust you to Him; yield to Him by making whatever changes are necessary.

The National Day of Prayer 2016

We are certain our prayers were heard during Arizona National Day of Prayer 2016, as God’s People were united as one. Former AZNDP Director, Lois Blei, was over taken by the positive feed back from churches and groups describing their experience. The Lord indeed moved from Arizona’s border to border! Prayer groups in Anthem, Casa Grande, Fountain Hills, Gila River, Glendale, Green Valley, Morenci, Nogales, Phoenix, Safford, Sahuarita, Sierra Vista, Tucson, and Yuma! Thousands of believers, all over Arizona, were seeking God and crying out “WAKE UP AMERICA” on behalf of our nation and it’s leaders. The “UNITED FOR TUCSON” Historical National Day of Prayer alone, was a record number of 3,123, men, women and children to worship and pray.

“Clearly, if we are united, and humbly seek Him and His direction, God will continue to do mighty things through our National Day of Prayer Network. We extend a very special thanks to all the Arizona volunteers, County leadership, State Advisors and those who were praying for us,” says Lois Blei.

Since then, Reverend Lois Blei, retired as Director for AZNDP. Her retirement only lasted a week, when she was approached to be a part of our nation’s National Day of Prayer. Her role as National Day of Prayer Mountain States Regional Prayer Shield Coordinator will be working with the coordinators in continual prayer for our nation during the year. We thank Lois and Carl Blei for pouring both their heart and soul into AZNDP. They continue to be mighty warriors for God.