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Area observances included this one in Topeka in a previous year.

Local National Day of Prayer Events Announced

National Day of Prayer will take place Thursday, May 4. This year’s theme is “For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear us …Forgive us …Heal us!”, which is taken from Daniel 9:19.

“We all believe that when God’s people gather for fervent prayer and worship that God always hears and answers!” states Pastor Gary Schmitz, executive director of the Citywide Prayer Movement in Kansas City. “Jeremiah 33:3 is the invitation from heaven: ’Call to Me and I will answer….’ Could the promise and power of prayer be more clear than that?”

Schmitz says that The times we live in are surely desperate for an outpouring of God’s presence on our cities and communities and he encourages all believers to find an event near them to attend.

Times and locations are listed below.

The Greater Kansas City event will assemble at noon on the south side of City Hall, 414 E. 12th Street, to honor the Lord and seek His mercy for the city, state and nation. Corporate prayers will be led by civic leaders for their areas of service. The main event in Kansas will be at the Kansas State Capitol. Numerous other events are planned are being hosted by churches across the region. See the list below.

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 NDP 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 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.

Presidents going back to our Founding Fathers have expressed the importance of prayer. In 1808, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “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.”

Topeka Area Events


Kansas State Capitol

Downtown Topeka

First floor rotunda. Enter Capitol building on north side.

12-1 p.m.


Avondale East NET Center

455 SE Golf Park Blvd.,


6:30 p.m.


Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church

17535 Say Road, is located ½ mile north of the intersection of Highways 99 and 24.

Wamego, Kan.

7:00 p.m.


Kansas City Area Events

Colonial Presbyterian Church

9500 Wornall

Kansas City, MO 64114

7:00 a.m. Fellowship / Light Breakfast

7:30 a.m. Worship and Prayer


Platte City United Methodist Church

14040 State Hwy

Platte City, MO 64079

7:00 – 8:30 a.m.


Northland Kansas City

Harmony Vineyard Church

600 NE 46th Street

(Near N. Oak Trfwy and I-29)

Kansas City, MO 64116

7:00 p.m.


Johnson County Courthouse Gazebo

Kansas Street at E. Santa Fe

Olathe, KS 66061

Noon – 1:00 p.m.


Leawood City Hall

4800 Town Center Drive

Leawood, KS 66211

Noon – 1:00 p.m.


Lee’s Summit City Hall Patio

220 SE Green Street

Lee’s Summit, MO 64063

Noon – 1:00 p.m.


Kansas City, MO City Hall

414 E 12th Street

Kansas City, MO 64106

Noon – 2:00 p.m.


City Union Mission Men’s Center Chapel 

1108 E. 10th St. (10th and Troost)

Kansas City, MO 64106

12:50 – 2:00 p.m.


Wednesday Evening May 3 Service

Church on the Rock

1700 SW Market Street

Lee’s Summit, MO 64082

7:00 p.m.

–By Dwight Widaman