National Day of Prayer 2011

The theme of the 60th annual celebration of the National Day of Prayer today is “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”

The official verse for this year is Psalm 91:2:

“I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” ~ Psalm 91:2

There are many other references in the Bible to God as our fortress, including the following verses:

“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge.” ~ Psalm 18:2

“For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me.” ~ Psalm 31:3

“The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” ~ Psalm 46:7 & 46:11

“He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.” ~ Psalm 62:2 & 62:6

“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer.” ~ 2 Samuel 22:2

Join Americans around the country today praying for our country, using the prayer of your choice or this one written for today by Joni Eareckson Tada, Honorary Chairman of the National Day of Prayer 2011:

Almighty God, you are our Mighty Fortress, our refuge and the God in whom we place our trust. As our nation faces great distress and uncertainty, we ask your Holy Spirit to fall afresh upon your people — convict us of sin and inflame within us a passion to pray for our land and its people. Grant the leaders of our country an awareness of their desperate need of wisdom and salvation in You until sin becomes a reproach to all and righteousness exalts this nation.

Protect and defend us against our enemies and may the cause of Christ always prevail in our schools, courts, homes, and churches. Lord God, send a spirit of revival and may it begin in our own hearts.

Remember America, we pray. Remember the foundations on which this country was built. Remember the prayers of our nation’s fathers and mothers, and do not forget us in our time of need.

In the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.

Enjoy this musical video of Martin Luther’s magnificent hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”

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