Dr. Richard Land

​National Day of Prayer Puts Focus on Much-Needed Intercession

May 6, 2015

Southern Evangelical Seminary President Dr. Richard Land Says Violence in Baltimore and Texas a Telling Reminder of America’s Need for God

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Dr. Richard Land, President of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu), a leader in apologetics education, says tomorrow’s National Day of Prayer observation—set for Thursday, May 7 in locations around the country—is an important and timely opportunity for Americans to go to God for much-needed intercession for a nation with critical and crippling concerns.

“From upheaval in the streets of Baltimore to violence in Texas spurred by radical Islamist beliefs (with breaking news that this attack was by ISIS), our nation is in dire need of prayer,” Land said. “When man attempts to fix the ills of an evil world on his own, he quickly learns no nation can survive and thrive without God. Now is the time for God’s people to come together in repentance and prayer and to lift up our nation’s leaders, problems and future to the Lord.

“Scripture tells us in James 5:16 that the ‘effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much,’ or, as the Amplified translation reads, ‘makes tremendous power available, dynamic in its working.’ The fervent prayer of God’s people, expressed in humility and repentance, brings God’s blessings. The question in America is not whether politicians will ‘fix’ things but whether Christians will repent, humble themselves, and pray. The future of our nation, and whether we will experience God’s blessing and protection or see His hand removed from America, depends not on what the secular world does, but on what God’s people do. As God’s word instructs us, ‘if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land’” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

The National Day of Prayer, sponsored by the National Day of Prayer Task Force, is focusing its 2015 theme on “Lord, Hear Our Cry,” centered on I Kings 8:28: “Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.”

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation, according to the National Day of Prayer web site. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. The National Day of Prayer Task Force communicates the need for personal repentance and prayer, creates Day of Prayer materials and resources, and mobilizes the Christian community to intercede for America’s leaders and their families.

To find a local National Day of Prayer event, visit http://nationaldayofprayer.org/event-finder/, where events can be searched by zip code or city.

SES is a leader in apologetics education—teaching students to defend their faith and talk intelligently, passionately and rationally about what they believe and why they believe it. Many courses focus on societal issues from a Christian worldview, delve into scientific apologetics or contemplate creation research.

SES’s 22nd annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics will be hosted by Calvary Church in Charlotte on Oct. 16-17, 2015, with the theme, “Ideas Have Consequences: The Bigger the Idea, the Bigger the Consequence.” In addition to Land, confirmed speakers include Josh McDowell, Dr. Jay Richards, Dr. Hugh Ross, Dr. Norman Geisler and Dr. Paige Patterson.

Land is featured in his nationally syndicated daily radio commentary, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” which is also podcast daily on the free SES mobile app and airs locally in the Charlotte, N.C., area every weekday. The “Bringing Every Thought Captive” television program, hosted by Land, debuted in 2015 on the NRB Network and airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and midnight EDT. This spring, it began airing on the Total Living Network, reaching nearly 2 million households in the Chicago area. For more information about stations, times, downloads and more, visit www.ses.edu/about-us/betc.

Land has taught as a visiting or adjunct professor for several seminaries and has authored or edited more than 15 books. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University in England and his bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) from Princeton University. Land also earned a Master of Theology degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received the Broadman Seminarian Award as the Outstanding Graduating Student. Dr. Land was the 2013 Watchman Award recipient from the Family Research Council for his leadership on moral and cultural issues. He also received the Phillip E. Johnson Award for Liberty and Truth from Biola University in 2010. Land served previously (1988-2013) as president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s official entity assigned to address social, moral and ethical concerns, with particular attention to their impact on American families. In 2014, he was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow of the ERLC’s Research Institute, and in 2015, he was named in the top 15 of Newsmax’s “Top 100 Christian Leaders in America.”

Southern Evangelical Seminary invites visitors to its web site to join the more than 20,000 people who have already downloaded the SES Apologetics App for Windows mobile devices and Android and Apple phones and tablets. Those with the app can get the very best news and information in Christian apologetics, including articles, audio, video, blogs and more from today’s most able defenders of the Christian faith—William Lane Craig, Lee Strobel, Josh McDowell, William Dembski, Frank Turek, Hugh Ross, Gary Habermas and other well-known speakers, authors and teachers.

Southern Evangelical Seminary has been ranked No. 1 for its General Christian Apologetics Graduate Program by TheBestSchools.org’s “Top 10 Graduate Programs in Christian Apologetics.” For more information, visit the SES web site atwww.ses.edu or its Facebook page, follow the SES Twitter feed, @sesapologetics, or call (800) 77-TRUTH.

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Southern Evangelical Seminary is a leader in apologetics education—teaching students to defend their faith and talk intelligently, passionately and rationally about what they believe and why they believe it. The accredited Christian college and seminary in Matthews, N.C., offers a wide variety of bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees. Programs can be completed through residence in the Charlotte area or online. The award-winning education at SES is distinctively Christian and focused on evangelism and world-engaging defense of the Christian faith—Christian Apologetics.