Lift Up the Word. Light Up the World.

Started as an idea in April 1952, the National Day of Prayer has grown into an annual event held on the first Thursday in May. Tens of thousands of local prayer gatherings are held each year and are broadcast via television and multiple online platforms.

Event coordinators selected the 2024 theme: Lift Up the Word. Light Up the World. You can join other Christians across the country at local events, or you can watch the broadcast at when it livestreams at 8 pm ET, on May 2, 2024.

If you can’t make it to a local event, you can recite the 2024 prayer on your own or with your family and friends.

“Jesus, we profess our faith in You. You are the

Light of the world, and in You there is no

darkness. For You are our lamp, O LORD, and

our God who lights our darkness. Forgive us for

fearing and focusing on the darkness around us

instead of being filled with faith and shining like

the city on a hill You have called us to be.

Forgive us for the times when we have been the

absence of light, allowing darkness to dwell in

America. Lead us forward to dispel the darkness

and bring light throughout the Church, Family,

Education, Business, Military, Government, and

Arts, Entertainment, and Media.

We are saved by grace through faith, released

from the darkness that once held us captive and

now free to walk in the newness of life in You.

Light dispels darkness and exposes what is

hidden and wicked, so we commit to rise and

shine! For by You, Lord, we can take courage to

run against the enemy, and by our God we can

fight the good fight and keep the faith as living

lampstands in our communities and country.

We fear no evil for You are with us.

Lord, Your way is perfect, You lead us on paths

of righteousness for Your name’s sake. Your 

Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our

path. Your Word is Truth, instructing and

inspiring us to live in the abundant life You gave

when You saved us from the death and

destruction of the enemy. Fill us with Truth as

we read, study, and live Your Word.

God, You are a shield for all those who take

refuge in You. As we abide in You and Your

Word abides in us, we take up our shield of

faith and the sword of the Spirit which is the

Word of God and run boldly into the darkness

to Lift Up the Word and Light Up the World!

In the Mighty name of Jesus we pray, amen!”