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.
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
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.