Gov. Sanders Calls on Arkansas to Pray for Peace in Israel

Gov. Sanders recently issued a proclamation setting aside July 23 as “Pray for Peace in Israel Day in Arkansas.”

The proclamation notes that Arkansas is committed to promoting peace and justice, and that “the State of Arkansas recognizes the importance of fostering strong bonds of friendship and support” with Israel.

It recognizes the threats and challenges Israel faces today, and calls on the State of Arkansas to join in prayer for “the peace, security, and prosperity of Israel.”

A copy of the proclamation is available below.

President Roosevelt’s D-Day Prayer from 80 Years Ago

Eighty years ago today, Allied forces landed at Normandy to begin the liberation of Europe from Nazi Germany.

President Roosevelt led the nation in prayer for American and Allied troops. In it, he said,

My fellow Americans: Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far.

And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer:

Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.

Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.

They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.

They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest-until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men’s souls will be shaken with the violences of war.

For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and good will among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.

Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

And for us at home — fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas — whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them–help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.

Many people have urged that I call the Nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.

Give us strength, too — strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces.

And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.

And, O Lord, give us Faith. Give us Faith in Thee; Faith in our sons; Faith in each other; Faith in our united crusade. Let not the keenness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.

With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogancies. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister Nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.

Thy will be done, Almighty God. Amen.

You can listen to President Roosevelt’s D-Day prayer below.

Don’t Miss the Special Day of Prayer for Arkansas Happening This Sunday!

The National Day of Prayer is still a week away, but a Special Day of Prayer for Arkansas is happening this Sunday.

This is a time for Arkansans to gather in their homes and churches to pray for our state.

Earlier this month Governor Sarah Sanders issued a proclamation naming Sunday, April 28, as “A Special Day of Prayer in Arkansas.”

The proclamation says:

WHEREAS: Thursday, May 2, 2024, marks the National Day of Prayer in America established by Congress, on which the people of the United States are encouraged “to turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals”;

WHEREAS: It is fitting and proper to designate the Sunday preceding the National Day of Prayer as a special Day of Prayer for Arkansas and encourage Arkansans of all faiths and backgrounds to gather in their respective homes or houses of worship in prayer and meditation;

WHEREAS: As Arkansans we unite in prayer on this day, approaching the throne of Almighty God with confidence and humility, asking that the Lord meet the daily needs of our citizens and forgive our many transgressions;

WHEREAS: In Proverbs 16:9 we are reminded that, ‘A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps,’ and in James 1:5 we are admonished, ‘If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him’; and

WHEREAS: We then ask that the Lord grant wisdom, guidance, and direction to our citizens and to our local, state, and national leaders, that we may live in unity and tranquility.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS, Governor of the State of Arkansas, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the laws of the State of Arkansas, do hereby proclaim April 28, 2024, as


IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Arkansas to be affixed this 10th day of April, in the year of our Lord 2024.

You can download a copy of the proclamation here.

Family Council is urging churches and individuals across the state to pray for Arkansas on April 28.

Specifically, you can join us in praying over:

  • Our Schools
  • Our Families
  • Our Children
  • Single Parent Households
  • Marriages in Our Communities
  • Adoption and Foster Care in Arkansas
  • Crime and Violence in the State
  • Race Relations in Our Communities
  • Churches
  • Governing Officials
  • The Sanctity of Human Life in Arkansas
  • Gender Issues Affecting Our Young People
  • Drug Addiction
  • Homelessness
  • Specific Issues Affecting Your Community Specifically

Go to to learn more — and send us an email to let us know we can count on you to pray!