SPRINGDALE, Ark. — Ronnie Floyd, president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, has issued a nationwide call to pastors and churches in America for a call to prayer following Wednesday’s deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The National Day of Prayer Task Force has designated Sunday, Feb. 18, as a call to prayer to each church and pastor to set a time to pray this weekend in their worship services specifically for the families of the 17 slain students and faculty, as well as the Parkland community. The organization has also called churches to pray for the security and safety of all students, faculty members and administrations in their respective regions.
“I’m calling every pastor and every ministry leader in America to dedicate this Sunday as a call to prayer and intercession for all the families and communities who were impacted by Wednesday’s terrible attack. If you call yourself a Christian, this is the day when you have to put your faith into action by praying for those who are hurting. These families need our prayers; our communities need our prayers; America needs our prayers.”
On Thursday, Dr. Floyd released a one-minute prayer video for Parkland, Florida, which has been viewed by more than 77,000 people. The National Day of Prayer Task Force has also released on Facebook an image churches and individuals can share to raise awareness of the call to prayer.
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Ronnie Floyd is the senior pastor of Cross Church and president of the National Day of Prayer, which each year mobilizes millions of Americans to unified public prayer for the United States. He’s the immediate past president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Follow him on Twitter @ronniefloyd.
The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed the amended law designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer. Every year, millions of Americans, in tens of thousands of meetings across all 50 states, come together for unified public prayer for America. Dr. Ronnie Floyd is the president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force.