[Press Release] National Day of Prayer Convenes Multiethnic Prayer Gathering for America on 9/11

Sep. 14, 2017

CHICAGO — Dr. Ronnie Floyd, president of the National Day of Prayer, came alongside “Cry Out America” to help lead a multiethnic and multidenominational prayer gathering for America in downtown Chicago this past Monday, Sept. 11.

“Cry Out America” is held annually on 9/11 and over the years has united Americans in prayer for the U.S. and for the families of the victims of the terrorist attacks. This year, the event reached nearly 27,000 people via Facebook LIVE while hundreds more gathered in the Richard J. Daley Center to pray for healing and spiritual awakening in America, especially in the aftermath of Charlottesville, Virginia and recent natural disasters.

“The greatest need in America is the next great spiritual awakening,” said Dr. Floyd to those gathered. He stressed that during these times, following the destruction of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, threats from North Korea and increasing racial and political tensions, the church in America must come together as one in prayer.

“There has never been any time in our generation when we need to call out to God more than now,” Dr. Floyd said.

“Cry Out America” convened a multiethnic and multidenominational group of Chicago’s pastors and faith leaders for unified public prayer for America, including “Cry Out America” coordinator Bishop Arthur Guice and assistant coordinator Pastor Cesar LeFlore.

Among those present were Bishop Alton Bailey of North Chicago Church of God, Apostle Carlos Chica, pastor of Shekina A Las Naciones, pastor and Moody Radio host Roy Patterson, Pastor Shondo Valdez of Jerusalem Baptist Church, as well as pastors James Ward and Rich Martinez.

Claude King, discipleship specialist at LifeWay Christian Resources, offered a prayer of repentance, while Dr. Floyd prayed for the American government and our nation’s leaders and Dr. John Fuder, director of Pray Chicago, prayed for cities across the U.S.

Photographs of Dr. Floyd and faith leaders at “Cry Out America” are available here.




Dr. 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 of America. 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, the law was unanimously amended by both the House and the Senate. President Ronald Reagan signed the amended law into effect on Thursday, May 5, 1988, 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.

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