Hundreds of Nebraskans filled the Nebraska State Capitol Rotunda to pray for our state and nation at an annual prayer observance organized by Nebraska Family Alliance.

Held the first Thursday of May since 1988, National Day of Prayer is an yearly opportunity for the people of God to gather, seek His face, and pray for forgiveness, restoration, and guidance.

At the start of the service, Governor Jim Pillen proclaimed May 4, 2023, a day of prayer in Nebraska and said, “It is fitting and proper to give thanks to God by observing a day of prayer in Nebraska when all may acknowledge our blessings and express gratitude for them, while recognizing the need for strengthening religious and moral values in our state and nation.”

United in faith and thanksgiving, Nebraskans from various denominations and diverse backgrounds worshiped side-by-side, and representatives from the church, business, media, military, government, school, and family led the crowd in prayer before joining together to sing “I Surrender All.” 

“We know that prayers are effective and powerful,” said Nebraska Family Alliance Executive Director Karen Bowling. “Lasting change starts with prayer, and National Day of Prayer is a powerful reminder of what the fervent prayers of God’s people can accomplish.”

In addition to the Nebraska Observance held at the State Capitol, faith leaders organized local prayer services at their churches, community centers, and city parks in 14 cities and towns across Nebraska. 

Senator John Lowe of Kearney sponsored the event at the Capitol, and the theme—based on James 5:16—was “pray fervently in righteousness and avail much.”

“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16

Nebraska Family Alliance
Nebraska Family Alliance exists to advance family, freedom and life by influencing policy, mobilizing prayer, and empowering people.