The group that organizes and promotes the National Day of Prayer has launched an effort to challenge Christian students and young adults to be more active in exercising their freedom to praise, proclaim and pray.
To kick off the Freedom Challenge, the National Day of Prayer Task Force (NDPTF) has teamed up with family-friendly social network Tangle.com to create the Freedom Video Contest, which will give Americans the opportunity to express what "freedom" means to them.
NDPTF believes many teens have been raised in a culture unaware or unappreciative of the sacrifices made by men and woman of faith throughout U.S. history, enabling Christian Americans to enjoy the many freedoms they have today.
"When there are hardships and sacrifice for something you believe, you live a life that is unwavering in those convictions," says NDPTF Senior Director John Bornschein. "The current state of popular culture in America demonstrates the need for an initiative that challenges young people to lead disciplined lives built on a foundation of prayer."
The Freedom Video Contest, which will run until April 24, will draw videos from young Christians across the nation each expressing their passion for and the power of prayer.
"This is your opportunity to tell the world about the freedoms we enjoy in the United States of America and what they truly mean to you as they relate to prayer for our loved ones, our leaders, our nation and our world," states the entry form.
The winning video will be selected by a panel of judges that includes prominent Christian figures such as Michael W. Smith, Shirley Dobson, Beth Moore, Ryan Dobson and Hollywood Producer Karen Covell.
The person whose video is selected will receive round-trip airfare for two, along with accommodations and travel expense reimbursements, to Washington, D.C., where they will join Dr. James and Shirley Dobson and Beth Moore for the May 7 national observance of the National Day of Prayer.
Additionally, the winning video will air on GOD TV, a cable network channel currently available in over 200 million homes worldwide.
This year's National Day of Prayer will be the 58th annual observance since 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 has been observed each year on the first Thursday of May since 1988.
The privately funded National Day of Prayer Task Force, meanwhile, represents "a Judeo-Christian expression of the national observance, based on our understanding that this country was birthed in prayer and in reverence for the God of the Bible," according to its Web site
It was created by the National Prayer Committee for the expressed purpose of organizing and promoting prayer observances conforming to a Judeo-Christian system of values.
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