‘Love One Another’ Announced as Theme of 2019 National Day of Prayer

Aligning American culture with God’s commandment to love one another is the vision of the 2019 National Day of Prayer (NDP) May 2, an annual event organizers say impacted perhaps 510 million people in 2018.

Neither society nor the church are loving one another as God commanded, NDP Task Force President Ronnie Floyd told Baptist Press.

“It’s pretty obvious that the culture is a great picture of what we’re not doing,” Floyd said. “And not only the culture in America but the culture in the church today. The way we conduct ourselves to one another is not a ‘love one another’ culture.

“We need to enter back in to what Jesus called us to do,” said Floyd, who is also president-elect of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. “Just think what would happen in the Southern Baptist Convention; think what would happen if ‘love one another’ took over.

“It’s important that we call the standard up for all of us,” Floyd said, “with no exceptions.”

Prayers at an anticipated 50,000 or more local events and the NDP national observance in Washington will call the nation to “Love One Another” as Jesus commanded in John 13:34. NDP events preceding the national observance will encourage the nation to pray, including a prayer breakfast and a formal dinner in Washington.

It’s not too late to plan a local event, Floyd said, with free tools available at nationaldayofprayer.org. An official NDP prayer signed by Floyd is available at nationaldayofprayer.org/national-prayer.

Floyd will expound on the NDP theme at the national observance 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time May 2 in Statuary Hall. A diversity of speakers will address specific aspects of love, followed by several minutes of targeted prayer in the event livestreamed on the NDP Facebook page and broadcast on television and radio.

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Source: Baptist Press