National Day of Prayer 2014

Join us for a city-wide gathering of prayer on the National Day of Prayer May 1, 2014 at noon at the Pitt County Courthouse in downtown Greenville.


About the National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. The NDOP Task Force is a privately funded organization whose purpose is to encourage participation on the National Day of Prayer. It exists to communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer, to create appropriate materials, and to mobilize the Christian community to intercede for America’s leaders and its families. The Task Force represents a Judeo Christian expression of the national observance, based on our understanding that this country was birthed in prayer and in reverence for the God of the Bible. For more information visit

History of the National Day of Prayer

Fasting and prayer are religious exercises; the enjoining them an act of discipline. Every religious society has a right to determine for itself the time for these exercises, and the objects proper for them, according to their own particular tenets; and right can never be safer than in their hands, where the Constitution has deposited it. – Thomas Jefferson, 1808

Because of the faith of many of our founding fathers, public prayer and national days of prayer have a long-standing and significant history in American tradition. The Supreme Court affirmed the right of state legislatures to open their sessions with prayer in Marsh vs. Chambers (1983).

The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.


Quarterly Prayer Concert – February 18, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 (3rd Tuesday of Every Quarter)

Location: 3rd St. Community Center, 600 W. 3rd St., Greenville, NC

Join us for about an hour of prayer at 7pm, followed by refreshments and fellowship.

Quarterly Prayer Concerts

by Robert Lee, director of Building Hope Community Life Center

God is calling Eastern NC to pray together for awakening and revival in our region and nation.  The Quarterly Prayer Concerts began in 2010 based on the model provided by Jonathon Edwards in 1748 during the First Great Awakening. Edwards published a plea for united prayer entitled, An Humble Attempt to Promote Explicit Agreement and Visible Union of God’s People in Extraordinary Prayer.  Edwards called churches from all denominations together on a quarterly basis to agree for revival and the spread of the Gospel message in their region.

The purpose of these Quarterly Prayer Concerts was to motivate ministers and believers of different Protestant Denominations to unite together as specific times to pray for God’s Kingdom to be advanced on earth.  He believed “such prayer would gradually spread and increase more and more, ushering in a revival of religion.”

In the paper, Edwards gives the Scriptural mandates for united prayer, the promises of God upon such activity, and the reasons unity is so important to promote revival.  Greenville and the surrounding areas of Eastern North Carolina have been blessed by God to have many powerful churches and leaders in the Body of Christ.  Our call is to promote visible and unified efforts in prayer among these churches based on Zechariah 8:20-22, “Many people and strong nations shall come and seek the Lord of host.”  Quarterly Concerts of Prayer are hosted at neutral locations where believers from all denominations and local churches can
join in prayer for God’s kingdom and revival to come to our area.