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Best National Prayer Day Ever Say Local Virginia Leaders

Posted by faithandthelaw on May 11, 2010

By Bill Bray

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA  — Virginia went to its knees this week in a revival of prayer and intercession unseen since the 9/11 terror attack on the World Trade Center. Although the National Day of Prayer (NDP) events were often small and private, they were widespread and unified in purpose or prayer themes.


“In over 20 years leading this movement at the grassroots, I have never seen such deep penetration into the community as we experienced this year,” said one prominent leader privately. “It seemed like everyone was praying – and those who were not praying were aware of the spiritual power being generated!”

President Obama’s vigorous defense of prayer and his Declaration of Thursday, May 6, as the National Day of Prayer were widely celebrated as “an answer to prayer” in a year when the NDP had been broadly attacked by small atheistic organizations, Islamic pressure groups, secularists and a Federal judge in Wisconsin.

On Monday, May 10, a special meeting will be held here for local leaders to review the 2010 NDP and plan for the next major event on the prayer movement’s calendar – the Global Day of Prayer, Sunday, May 23. The Pentecost Sunday event begins with 10 nights of prayer starting next Thursday on Assumption Day, May 13.

During this next push, millions of Christians worldwide will join in the prayer countdown to Pentecost – especially in the “global south” where indigenous church growth movements are exploding the size of the worldwide Christian community.

National Day of Prayer meetings across central and northern Virginia were dispersed at thousands of prayer points, often impromptu and informally organized. Although bigger meetings were held in Washington (DC), Richmond, Lynchburg, Charlottesville and all large towns, there was much use of prayer chains, prayer websites, and 24-hour prayer watches. Nearly every county seat held some kind of public prayer event.

Public prayer for those in authority, when it was conducted onsite at church and government locations, was done mostly in small groups with little fanfare. The meetings were characterized by humility, repentance and a reliance on the Holy Spirit to restore and revive His people in every city and community.

Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia, was typical. Many joined for the first time in hundreds of churches and local prayer groups in the five counties surrounding the city. The actual public events were held in the Downtown Prayer Center opposite Charlottesville City Hall and police headquarters on East Market Street.

Prayer went on all day starting at 5 AM, but three public events were held for government workers and downtown office workers at 7:30 AM, Noon and 5 PM so that group prayer could be carried on using the “For Such a Time as This” prayer guide from the National Day of Prayer Task Force.

Banners and balloons floated outside the Downtown Prayer Center and noon hour services were held at the leading Baptist, Pentecostal and Roman Catholic churches. Nearly all local churches included the NDP announcements in bulletins and included some kind of prayer event in their parish plans.

Inside the prayer hall, circles of chairs were formed into groups of seven where participants prayed according to I Timothy 2:1-3 for leaders in the church, family, government, education, media, military and business.

The NDP events were well covered in all news media through news stories as well as in the religious media. The Christian media coverage included a three-hour special God TV, Bible Broadcasting Network (BBN), CBN, SRN, Salem Web and Victory Radio.

The U.S. Army’s decision to bow to Islamic pressure groups and disallow Franklin Graham to pray at the Pentagon National Day of Prayer event, as well as a judicial attack on the legality of the National Day of Prayer by a Wisconsin judge, contributed to a strong public awareness of the event in the media.

Logistical support for the prayer movement was provided for the NDP by (, WayMakers ( and the International House of Prayer movement which has a growing Virginia State organization based in Richmond.

Provided by our friends at Assist News Service

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