This year is the 70th anniversary of the National Day of Prayer, dating back to President Harry Truman. The Family Leader will be hosting the Iowa National Day of Prayer at the Iowa Capitol on May 6th from 11:30 am until 1 pm.

Governor Kim Reynolds will be joining us with the annual signing of the Proclamation, and she along with Attorney General Tom Miller, state legislators, pastors and community leaders will be praying for the State of Iowa and our nation. The time will be a concert of prayer and worship.

Our Iowa theme is from Joel 2:12, “Return to Me with all your heart.” It is a call of repentance, and for the Christian it is a call to return to the love you had at first (Rev. 2). This theme sits at the heart of the National Day of Prayer’s history, which is rooted in the Civil War and President Abraham Lincoln. Its original name is the National Day of Humiliation, which began in 1863.

President Lincoln stated in the first proclamation: “But we have forgotten God. 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. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!”

As people always have, we too have forgotten God and have vainly imagined this recent success was somehow done by some wisdom and virtue of our own.

Please take the time and join us on May 6th at our State Capitol in Des Moines for a day of prayer and worship.

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It truly is an honor to partner with you.


Greg Baker
Executive Vice President, The Family Leader Foundation
Founding Director, Church Ambassador Network
515.229.4053 (cell)