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National Day of Prayer

National Day of Prayer

Join us for hourly prayer on Thursday, May 4, for the National Day of Prayer.

8:00 a.m. | Call to Prayer

Heavenly Father, 

Your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.  

We thank and praise You for revealing Yourself to us through Your handiwork evident in creation, Your inspired and living Word, and the testimonies of generations of faithful saints.  

You have given us minds to know your endless majesty, yet we often consider little more than the cares and anxieties of this world. Father forgive us and renew afresh in us the perfect peace that comes from trusting steadfastly in You. May we joyfully proclaim the words of the hymn writer: 

Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done, 
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son; 
But purer, and higher, and greater will be 
Our wonder, our rapture, when Jesus we see. 

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, 
Let the earth hear His voice! 

To God be the Glory”
by Fanny Crosby (1875). 

9:00 a.m. | Government | Dr. Jenny Hoover, Associate Professor of History

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4 NIV

Lord, we come to You thankful that we are able to pray for members of our local, state, and federal government. We thank You for those in government that are willing to serve in government. We pray that they will not be overcome by selfish ambition. Protect their hearts and their minds, protect their families.  We thank You for government officials who represent local communities. We pray that You will strengthen the connections between government representatives and local communities, so that the communities may be well represented. Lord, we pray for clarity and wisdom for our leaders. May our government leaders pursue the interests of their communities with the clarity of mind and wisdom for action that only You can provide. Amen.

10:00 a.m. | Military | David Collins, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13

Lord, we come to you today on behalf of the men and women who have chosen to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. We release them into Your care and pray for protection, courage, and most of all a safe return.Thank You for their willingness to stand watch to keep us safe in times of crisis, conflict, and peace. Lord, for those in leadership we pray for wisdom and temperance. For those in harm’s way at this moment we pray that they will feel Your presence and that You will guard and protect them from harm. We pray that we will be reminded daily that freedom has a price, and has to be defended. Thank You for our troops, continue to protect them, and thank You for the sacrifices that have been made to keep us safe. We pray these things in the name of Jesus. Amen.

11:00 a.m. | Media | Dr. Kate Mead, Assistant Professor of Communication

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8

Omnipotent and Omnipresent One,

We ask for Your ever-present hand to be with the media and entertainment industry. We pray that You equip and embolden gifted creatives with the inspiration and ability to create exceptional work that glorifies Your name. May their creations, be they bold in proclaiming Your name or subtle in their messages of truth, point others to Your goodness and presence.  And may You cultivate a spirit of discernment in audiences.  Direct all of our hearts to You as we consume media. May our consumption not distract us from You, but direct us to You. May You grant us the wisdom needed to consume media well: may we wisely discern fact from opinion, be driven to discover deeper truth, and resist the contentiousness that comes from accepting the world’s perspective rather than Yours. Close our eyes to what we should not see, and open our eyes to Truth. To You be the glory.

1:00 p.m. | Business | Sarah Palmer, Assistant Professor of Accounting

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

Dear Heavenly Father,

We come to You today in thoughtful prayer. You created us in Your image, dear Lord, and today we ask that You help us to focus on being Your light and that our thoughts, words and actions are all in accordance to Your will. In our lives, we want to work each day to provide for our families and ourselves. May that work always glorify You. May the businesses in our community be intentional in their work and may that work and their interactions with their customers be a reflection of the love and grace that Jesus Christ practiced each day. As Ephesians says, ‘We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works…’. Today and every day, show us how we can best work for You.

In Your name, we pray.

2:00 p.m. | Education | Dr. Derek Royer, Assistant Professor of Biology

Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37

Lord, we come before You on behalf of our nation to pray over the sphere of education. We ask that You stir the hearts of all people to value the importance of learning. Equip believers of all ages to boldly embrace Your truth, faithfully carry out our call to be salt and light, and impact generations for Your Kingdom through influence in this sphere.

We ask that You provide educational leaders with sound wisdom as they make decisions regarding policies and curriculum. Encourage parents to take an active role in the education of their children. Bless teachers with an abundance of grace and compassion. As minds are prepared, we ask that You turn hearts to know You. May education be a vehicle for this nation to hear Your voice and understand the great things You have done!

In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!             

3:00 p.m. | Church | Dr. Warren Johnson, Professor of Christian Ministry

To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:2-3

Dear Heavenly Father,

We pray that You will empower us through Your Holy Spirit to be the church You have called us to be. As we are located geographically and socially in the community within which You have placed us, may we live sanctified lives, set apart to and for You. May we be a family that transcends geographical and political boundaries, that unites the sanctified in every place. May we be worshiping disciples who call upon the name of Jesus Christ, the name that unites us and the name in which we have been saved.


4:00 p.m. | Family | Dr. Teresa Salazar, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Ephesians 6:1-3

Dear Father, thank You for Your amazing love for us, allowing us to be Your children, part of Your family. We ask your blessing on all the families in our world, especially the families of our nation. Lord, we pray for the healing of broken family relationships. May we learn to love each other in our families as Christ loved us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

5:00 p.m. | Campus | Dr. Festus Obi, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

“Therefore, do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”  Matthew 6:31-33 (NKJV)

Our Father and Lord, often we allow the cares of this life to blind us to your Almightiness. We are consumed with worries about our earthly possessions and accomplishments; forgetting that our successes, well-being, and breakthroughs are hidden in our pursuit of Your kingdom and righteousness through studying the Word, prayer, worship, and daily living. May Your Holy Spirit enable, teach, and help all the students, staff, faculty, and administrators of East Texas Baptist University to pursue Your kingdom and righteousness in season and out of season. Fight all the battles the enemy wages against our emotions, flesh, minds, and spirits in the power of Your holy name. Amen.

Intercessory Prayer Ministry


1.  Go into your prayer closet then into your world: Commit to be prayed up and ready to shine brightly as you Love God and Love Others. Share the concerns you carry or the insight you receive by emailing
2. Go to our campus Prayer Room: Commit to pray weekly or semi-monthly in the Intercessory Prayer Room located on the 2nd floor of Scarborough Hall. You may sign up today.
3.  Go for a Prayer Walk: Commit some of your routine steps to prayer-walk toward reconciliation and revival - confessing a deep dependence upon the Lord’s provision as we follow His lead to see His Kingdom come to life. Take a look at the Prayer Walking Guide.
4.  Go to your Inbox: Each day you’ll receive a “Prayer and Praise” email that includes a scripture and a prayer. It takes a few seconds to read through the message, and there you go! We are united in prayer.


1. Submit a request through the online Prayer Request Form.

2. Email

3. Place a prayer request card in one of the “God Answers Prayer” drop boxes on campus. Cards are available in the following drop box locations.

  • Rogers Spiritual Life Center Lobby 

  • Scarborough 2nd Floor Lobby 

  • Jarrett Library Lobby

  • Ornelas Student Center Lobby just outside Chick-fil-A. 

Contact Information

Name/Title Division Phone
Cari D. Johnson
Director, Alumni Relations
Intercessory Prayer Ministry Coordinator
903.923.2043 Send Message View Bio