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. Today, you will hear voices from Washington as they "pray for those in authority." Join us, as we pray for America.
Scripture reminds us that prayer is essential in the life of the believer. It is also a privilege to live in a nation where there is a national observance of our reliance on God. Today is that day. Join us to hear those who serve in Washington, as they discuss the need for prayer for those who serve. You will be invited to join in prayer for our nation.
Sheila Siwela was appointed as Zambia’s ambassador to the United States on June 25, 2010. She earned a diploma in Social Work from the University of Zambia, a bachelor’s degree in Administration from Canada’s University of Western Ontario, and a master’s degree in Human Resources Development from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. In the early 1990s, Siwela was assigned to a committee focused on implementing the privatization process in Zambia. From 1993 to 2000, she served as a senior consultant to the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute, advising them on gender and leadership matters. In 2002, Siwela founded the motivational Centre for Africa’s Transformation. From 2003 to 2005, she served as Deputy Head of Mission to Zimbabwe, and from 2005 to 2008, she was Zambia’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe. From 2008 to 2010, Siwela served as ambassador to the Benelux countries, the European Communities, and the African, Caribbean Pacific. She was also Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the International Criminal Court.
Gustafson graduated summa cum laude from Bob Jones University in 1978, and with distinction from the Duke University School of Law in 1981, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and executive editor of the Duke Law Journal (1980–1981). Gustafson was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1981 and served as an associate at the law firm of Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan, in Washington, D.C., 1981-1983. He was a trial attorney (1983–1989), Assistant Chief (1989–2005), and Chief (2005–2008) in the Court of Federal Claims Section of the Tax Division in the U.S. Department of Justice; and Coordinator of Tax Shelter Litigation for the entire Tax Division (2002–2006). He won Tax Division Outstanding Attorney Awards in 1985, 1989, 1997, 2001–2005, and the Federal Bar Association's Younger Attorney Award, 1991. He was elected president of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association (2001) and was appointed by President George W. Bush as Judge, United States Tax Court, on July 29, 2008, for a term ending July 29, 2023.
Gustafson married Sharon Elizabeth Fast in 1980 and they have nine children.
Vonette Bright's commitment to prayer led to the founding of the National Prayer Committee, a group of prayer leaders who seek to motivate other Christians to unite in prayer for spiritual awakening. She served for 9 years as chairwoman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, which encourages citizens to pray for our nation and its leaders on the National Day of Prayer. In 1988, as chair, she was successful in introducing legislation unanimously approved by both houses of Congress to make the first Thursday of every May the permanent date for the National Day of Prayer. Among her other work, Vonette authored more than a dozen books, and in 1993, she launched Women Today International, a ministry to and for women. Under her leadership, Women Today is responding to the needs of women to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Vonette Bright died on Dec. 23, 2015, from complications related to acute leukemia, at the age of 89.
Rabbi Daniel Lapin, known world-wide as America’s Rabbi, is a noted rabbinic scholar, best-selling author and host of the Rabbi Daniel Lapin Show on The Blaze Radio Network. He is one of America’s most eloquent speakers and his ability to extract life principles from the Bible and transmit them in an entertaining manner has brought countless numbers of Jews and Christians closer to their respective faiths. Newsweek magazine included him in its list of America’s fifty most influential rabbis.
Neal joined the staff of Chosen People Ministries in 2006. Neal was promoted to the position of Washington, DC Branch Director in 2010. Neal earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Charles E. Feinberg Center for Messianic Jewish Studies in 2017 and finished the coursework with highest honors. He serves as the Rabbi at Kehilat Sar Shalom, the Congregation of the Prince of Peace, in Leesburg, VA (since 2007).
In the Market with Janet Parshall, challenges listeners to examine major news stories and issues being debated in the marketplace of ideas and speaks to them with the Word of God. In this fast-paced, caller-driven program, Janet evaluates newsworthy topics with guests and listeners using the Bible as a framework for discussion. This daily program addresses relevant issues important to Christians, with an engaging mix of listener interaction and commentary from highly respected guests.