With National Day of Prayer Tomorrow, American Pastors Network’s ‘52 Tuesdays’ Prayer Initiative Continues as Need Intensifies
APN Prayer Project ‘52 Tuesdays’ Encourages American Christians to Pray Weekly for Every Aspect of Culture Leading Up to 2020 Election
May 6, 2020
PHILADELPHIA—The 2020 National Day of Prayer may not include gatherings of high-ranking government officials, special church services or groups of people gathered around courthouses and town squares.
But regardless of the changes necessary for tomorrow’s observation, there will be prayer warriors who will fall to their knees in a concerted national effort to pray for the country.
The National Day of Prayer, says the American Pastors Network (APN), takes on a new significance this first Thursday in May. And while many will take time to pray on May 7, APN has been calling for an intense time of prayer since last November.
APN President Sam Rohrer said that the pastors’ network’s initiative called “52 Tuesdays” is a challenge for committed Christians to pray every Tuesday for the moral and spiritual renewal of America. The dedicated season of prayer not only addresses the important 2020 presidential election but also other topics close to voters’ hearts.
“We often find ourselves trying to fix problems rather than pray about them,” Rohrer said. “We feel the need to do something and work to address situations with action. If nothing else works, then we’ll stop to pray. Yet James 5:16 teaches that the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James uses the illustration of Elijah, a prophet who prayed for rain to stop for three and a half years—and it did. Elijah then prayed for rain, with God again answering his prayers. Our spiritual problems require spiritual solutions. Prayer offers us direct access to the unlimited power of the Almighty God. When we face problems—even national ones—we shouldn’t turn to God when nothing else works. We should pray first and watch Him work.”
Prayer warriors nationwide have been adding their names to the growing “52 Tuesdays” list of those committing to pray each week. In fact, listeners to the “Stand in the Gap Today” radio program, where “52 Tuesdays” is often discussed, have provided feedback about APN’s commitment to prayer.
“Thank you for your ‘Stand in the Gap’ radio program,” wrote a listener from Pennsylvania. “It is helping me to get the right news, be informed in the truth, give me wisdom and to pray and to know how to pray!”
Added another listener from Wisconsin, “Thank you for the ‘Stand in the Gap’ daily program, (for) your such inspired prayers for our nation and (for) your timely words of encouragement.”
A third listener from Washington said she has been listening to “Stand in the Gap Today” for several months on the CNS radio network and appreciates that the hosts cover current event topics from a biblical point of view.
“Thank you so much for Standing in the Gap for us, bringing us God’s truth and being willing to do the heavy lifting for us in an uplifting and encouraging way,” he shared. “I have found some of the programs on prayer especially helpful in my personal life as I continue to pray for our nations. It is encouraging to know that there are still some pastors who are willing to communicate information which some would consider politically incorrect. God is not politically correct by our standards today, so why should we? Thank for being leaders in this area!”
Read about the history of and facts about the National Day of Prayer on the APN website.
APN’s daily radio program, “Stand in the Gap Today,” airs live from noon to 1 p.m. ET, when Rohrer, Pennsylvania Pastors Network Executive Director Gary Dull and North Carolina Pastors Network President Dave Kistler invite cultural experts to discuss a variety of pressing topics and headlines from a biblical and constitutional perspective. Archived programs can be viewed here; find a station here. Rohrer also hosts the daily short radio feature, “Stand in the Gap Minute,” and “best of” shows from the week are broadcast on “Stand in the Gap Weekend.”
Likewise, “Stand in the Gap TV,” reaching millions of potential viewers on several networks, considers transcending cultural issues, seemingly difficult to navigate, from a biblical worldview perspective while bringing clarity to cultural confusion and making sense of the nonsense around us.
View the media page for APN here, which also details information about “Stand in the Gap” radio programming. For more information on APN, visit www.AmericanPastorsNetwork.net, its Facebook page or follow APN’s Twitter feed, @AmericanPastors. For information about forming a state chapter of APN, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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