Glendale, CA –– Please find below statements from evangelical participants in the National Prayer Service. Below the statements you’ll find the original PIC press release.
“I am deeply honored and grateful to be participating in the National Prayer Service to be held at the National Cathedral, and I am so pleased to be reading from Romans 5:1-5. The book of Romans also reminds us that there is no authority except from God. It tells us that those in authority are God’s instruments for our good. And 1 Timothy 2 urges us to pray for those in ‘high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.’
“As a pastor and as an American, I am humbled by the prospect of supporting the new administration in this sacred way and on behalf of the entire nation. The National Prayer service is among our most sacred traditions, as the eyes of the nation, the world and even heaven itself will be upon us. I ask that all those who love America will join me in praying that this will be a time of unity and celebration for our citizens, and a moment of reflection on the goodness, mercy and grace God has bestowed on our great country.”
— Dr. David Jeremiah is among the best known Christian leaders in the world. He serves as senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California and is the founder and host of Turning Point. Turning Point‘s 30-minute radio program is heard on more than 2,200 radio stations daily. He has written more than fifty books.
“I’m deeply grateful to be invited to participate in the National Prayer Service for the 58th Presidential Inauguration. There is truly no greater honor than to serve one’s country on such a special occasion. As a Baptist, I’m compelled by my faith to pray for the leaders of our nation and to ask God’s blessing on them, for they cannot succeed outside His providence and without His guiding hand.
“This is a time of change for America and the world. At moments it has felt as if so much hangs in the balance. Yet, I believe we can approach this new era of our nation’s history with hope, for one thing hasn’t changed – we remain ‘One Nation Under God.’ May we as a people lean upon the same faith in God that has given us purpose and strength for over two-and-a-half centuries.”
— Dr. Jack Graham is the Pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, one of the largest and fastest growing churches in America. He is also a noted author, and his PowerPoint Ministries broadcasts are available in 92 countries and are heard daily in more than 740 cities. He has served as the Honorary Chairman of the 2015 National Day of Prayer and as President of the Southern Baptist Convention. Follow him on Twitter @jackngraham.
“I want to thank the President-elect and Vice President-elect and the entire inaugural committee for affording me the honor of participating in the National Prayer Service during the 58th Presidential Inauguration to be held at the historic Washington National Cathedral. I’m humbled to be able to stand next to other leaders of faith to ask God’s blessing, mercy, and guidance upon our nation and our elected officials. We are living history, and America needs our prayers today more than ever.
“In the book of Jeremiah, God says, ‘Call to Me, and I will answer.’ Prayer is not a perfunctory and ceremonial exercise. Prayer is sacred and it is powerful, and it is critical at this moment in American history.
“May we as a country turn to God with all of hearts so that He may renew us and show us His way. I ask the Church in America to bow down in prayer for the future of our country and for God’s wisdom, favor, and blessing upon this incoming administration. May we remain, as we have always been, ‘one nation under God.’”
— Dr. Ronnie Floyd is the Senior Pastor of Cross Church and the Immediate Past
President of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest protestant denomination. He serves on the board of directors of the Family Research Council. Follow him on Twitter @ronniefloyd.
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Inaugural Committee for inviting me to participate in the National Prayer Service to be held at the National Cathedral. I view this honor as a sacred responsibility. This service alone demonstrates that the United States remains a country ‘under God’ and a country that prioritizes prayer.
“President Abraham Lincoln once said, ‘We have forgotten the gracious Hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.’
“We must remember it is God who has blessed America. Though, we may at times have forgotten God, He has never forgotten us.
“We need to turn to God. The Bible says that if we humble ourselves, repent of our sins, and seek God’s face that He will hear from heaven and He will heal our land. May this be a day when we turn with our whole hearts to Him at a moment when America needs God’s protection and healing as ever before.”
— Greg Laurie is an evangelist and senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship® in Riverside and Irvine, California. He will host the national Harvest America Crusade live from University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix, AZ on June 11th 2017.