“Love one another just as I have loved you.” John 13:34
Dr. Ronnie Floyd, president of the National Day of Prayer, announced Tuesday that the theme of the 2019 observance on Thursday, May 2, will be “Love One Another,” based upon the words of Jesus in John 13:34, which says, “Love one another. Just as I have loved you.”
“Love can change America,” Floyd said in announcing the theme to a gathering of leaders from across the country.
“We need a baptism of love by the Holy Spirit that will immerse the entire Church of Jesus Christ in America and a baptism of love that will immerse all of America today,” he added later. “From the church house to the state house and all the way to the White House, we need to learn to love one another.”
The pastor and former Southern Baptist Convention president said the theme is one that has potential to engage all Americans because it is biblical, relevant, clear, simple, and understandable.
Even among the vast majority of America that “doesn’t look like us, believe like us, talk like us, and understand us,” Floyd said, “They understand that America’s broken. They may not understand why. But they understand America’s broken, and in their mindset, if there’s a God who exists, He’s about the only one who can fix it.”
Looking back at the 2018 National Day of Prayer, Floyd reported that there were more than 50,000 prayer observances estimated to have occurred that day. In addition, the Day of Prayer trended #1 nationwide on Twitter throughout the day, and there were around 100,000 social media posts on Twitter and Instagram alone about the Day of Prayer.
The National Observance in Washington, D.C., meanwhile, was broadcast in 200 countries of the world and 1.5 billion homes via Daystar TV, as well as through God TV and 120 radio stations nationwide.
Floyd urged believers across the nation to do everything they can to call people in the United States to unite in public prayer in the days leading up to and on the National Day of Prayer, May 2, 2019.