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'A Mighty Fortress Is Our God' - Millions of Americans to Unite on Thursday, May 5th, for the 60th Annual Observance of the National Day of Prayer

Contact: Michael Calhoun, Director, Strategic Communications, The National Day of Prayer Task Force, 719-559-9569, media@nationaldayofprayer.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., March 31, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- As American troops remain in harm's way, fighting for democracy and liberty around the globe, citizens of the United States are preparing to celebrate their freedom to gather, worship, and pray. Millions will answer the call to prayer on May 5th in observance of the 60th annual National Day of Prayer. Organized events will be held in thousands of public venues where intercession will be made for America and its leadership.

This year's theme, "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," is based on Psalm 91:2: "I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." National Day of Prayer Task Force (NDPTF) Chairman Shirley Dobson, wife of Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson, said "At this perilous and uncertain juncture in our country's history, it is critical that we remain in prayer. The American people continue to be plagued with challenges that defy simple answers, and our hope lies in humbly seeking the Almighty's guidance, protection, and blessing -- not only on the National Day of Prayer, but throughout the year."

Esteemed author and international advocate for people with disabilities, Joni Eareckson Tada will serve as the 2011 Honorary Chairman of the NDPTF and will give the keynote address at the national observance in Washington, D.C., to be held at the Cannon House Office Building. Christian recording artist and 3-time Dove Award winner, Ginny Owens will be joining Joni Eareckson Tada as the special musical guest.

To learn more, or to find a National Day of Prayer event in your community, visit www.NationalDayofPrayer.org.

About the National Day of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States of America, evidenced by the Continental Congress' proclamation in 1775 setting aside a day of prayer. In 1952, Congress established an annual day of prayer and, in 1988, that law was amended, designating the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May.