For the National Day of Prayer on May 3, we encourage you to take the first few moments of every hour of the day to pray. Below are Scripture prompts, prayer prompts, and reflection prompts to help guide you in prayer.
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May your time in prayer be blessed as we call out to God together.
8:00 a.m. Unity: Ephesians 4:3  eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Pray for your personal unity with the Holy Spirit today, and pray that all Christians across the country will be united together by the Spirit in the name of Jesus Christ.
Reflect on the work of the Holy Spirit in your life.
9:00 a.m. Country: Romans 13:1  Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
Pray for our country and government leaders, that they would lead us well and that we would be good citizens.
Reflect on ways God can use you as a good citizen.
10:00 a.m. Humility: 1 Peter 5:6–7  Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,  casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Pray for humility in your heart and your need for a Savior.
Reflect on the areas of life where it’s difficult to practice humility.
11:00 a.m. Influence: 2 Corinthians 10:15  We do not boast beyond limit in the labors of others. But our hope is that as your faith increases, our area of influence among you may be greatly enlarged,
Pray for your sphere of influence and that God would open doors for Gospel conversations.
Reflect on the relationships you have with people far from God.
Noon Peace: Colossians 3:15  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
Pray for peace with God in your heart, and pray for peace and safety in our country.
Reflect on moments in the past where God has offered you peace.
1:00 p.m. Obedience: Deuteronomy 10:12  “And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,
Pray for awareness, strength, and courage to fear, walk, love, and serve God.
Reflect on your patterns of disobedience and God’s continuing mercy.
2:00 p.m. Perseverance: James 1:12  Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Pray for perseverance for your soul when you find yourself in trials.
Reflect on God’s presence with you in Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit in moments of trial.
3:00 p.m. Truth: 1 John 5:20–21  And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.  Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
Pray for the understanding of God’s truth during our time reading the Bible.
Reflect on the lies you are tempted to believe each and every day.
4:00 p.m. Generosity: 1 Timothy 6:18  They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,
Pray for a generous heart with the time, money, and resources God has given you.
Reflect on ways you a prone to be selfish with what God has given you.
5:00 p.m. Reconciliation: 2 Corinthians 5:18–19  All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;  that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
Pray for reconciliation in our country across racial, ethnic, financial, and social lines.
Reflect on ways you can partner in God’s work of reconciling people to one another.
6:00 p.m. Enemy: Matthew 5:44  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Pray for your enemies, that they would know God and He would be glorified in their lives.
Reflect on the current detractors of the work of the church, including opioid addictions, human trafficking, and other societal brokenness.
7:00 p.m. Family: Genesis 17:7  And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.
Pray for your family, that they would know God and that God would unite your family together in His covenant.
Reflect on how your family points you to God.
8:00 Rest: Matthew 11:28–30  Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Pray for God to give you rest and for you to have the discipline to consistently rest in His grace.
Reflect on the ways we avoid rest.