"If we pray, God will hear," Laurie said. "When He hears, who knows what He might do?"
Laurie, the pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., and founder of the Harvest Crusades, will join Dr. James and Shirley Dobson, Congressman Robert Aderholt and Frank Wolf, Vonette Bright, Pat Boone and other dignitaries in observing the National Day of Prayer from 9 a.m.-noon ET May 2 at the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington.
The event can be seen live on GOD TV and athttp://harvestamerica.com/. And each year, millions of Americans participate in local events. For more information about an event in your area, please visit www.nationaldayofprayer.org.
At noon, a special prayer written by Laurie will be read at various sites across the country. It says, in part: "... we see trouble in our culture today. We see the breakdown of the family, crippling addictions, and random acts of horrific violence. Lord, we need Your help in America. In recent days, we have done our best to remove Your Word and Your counsel from our courtrooms, classrooms and culture. It seems, as President Lincoln once said, that we have 'forgotten God.' But Lord, You have not forgotten us! You can bless and help and revive our country again."
The verse of Scripture specially chosen for this year's observance of the National Day of Prayer is Matthew 12:21: "In His name the nations will put their hope."
Laurie has also asked churches and other potential sites around the country to host the simulcast from Philadelphia of Harvest America on Sept. 29. Laurie will present the Gospel, and musical acts such as MercyMe, Jeremy Camp and Kirk Franklin will perform. Last year, more than 2,400 sites attracted about 300,000 in combined attendance. For more information about this year's crusade, please visit http://harvestamerica.com/.