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The Story of the National Prayer Network

During times of crisis, such as the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, America and the presidency were receptive to the idea of a national day dedicated to nothing but fasting and prayer. They recognized that divine intervention, in response to the repentance of the nation, is always crucial to America's survival.

In 1979, Rev. Claude Pike, a pastor and politically conservative radio commentator, read an article by Richard Viguery, editor of Conservative Digest, calling for a return to a national day of fasting and prayer. Amazed that such an opportunity to uplift the nation could have been neglected, Rev. Claude Pike conceived a bold plan to publicize the need for such a day. Being pilots, Rev. Claude Pike and his two sons, John and Ted, during the summer of 1980, flew their ancient 1929 monoplane in an aerial tour around America. From Portland, Oregon, they visited towns spanning Nebraska, Michigan, Kentucky, Texas, New Mexico, and California. They pulled a huge aerial banner across the skies, proclaiming "Pray for America." A powerful loud speaker, directed downward from the aircraft, boomed out "Pray for America!" above U. S. cities.

Through press conferences, patriotic rallies, and petition signing throughout the next year, the Pikes, with the help of many other concerned Americans, succeeded in reawakening an interest in a National Day of Prayer. Finally, in January of 1982, Rev. Claude Pike had the opportunity to talk personally with Morton Blackwell, the President's liaison with America's religious community. He insisted that Blackwell make every effort to impress upon President Reagan the urgency of reinstating this forgotten tradition. Perhaps as a result of that conversation, Rev. Claude Pike received an invitation from the White House to attend a gathering of religious leaders to witness the signing of the President's proclamation of a National Day of Prayer on Feb.12, 1982.

With official recognition, the National Day of Prayer became an annual event, which large Christian organizations such as Campus Crusade, Focus on the Family and Concerned Women for America have promoted, making powerful use of their efforts to bring America back to Christian moral values.

August 1980

Old monoplane flies above towns and cities across America towing an aerial banner, with "PRAY FOR AMERICA" booming from a powerful amplifier.

February 6, 1982

President Reagan, before Rev. Claude Pike and other national religious leaders, signs the proclamation requiring that the first Thursday in May be observed as National Day of Prayer.

 


In 2000, Ted Pike created Truthtellers.org, redirecting the focus of NPN, through his writings and video productions, upon a reexamination of the church's unbiblical policy of unconditional support of Zionism, right or wrong. Ted warned such a policy would only alienate the Arab world from the Gospel of Christ and stimulate international Arab terrorism. This reality was graphically fulfilled on September 11, 2001, as Arab terrorists lashed out against a Christian America which has turned a deaf ear to more than half a century of oppression of the Palestinians by the state of Israel.

Rev. Pike is also the primary national opponent to federal hate crimes legislation, proposed by the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith. Ted's outreach is largely responsible for international publicity concerning the arrest and imprisonment of 11 Christians in Philadelphia on October 10, 2004. They were threatened with 47 years in prison for the "hate crime" of publicly witnessing to homosexuals. Since 'hate crime' legislation is largely 'thought crime' legislation, Ted and his Truthtellers.org have boldly resisted such legislation and have played a pivotal role in defeating such legislation four times in Congress, before the legislation was eventually passed in 2007.

To read more about Ted Pike, read his biography here.

 


 

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