It has been announced that GRAMMY-nominated and Dove award-winning band Sanctus Real is featured in this year's National Day of Prayer campaign with their single "Pray," a song from their latest project Run (Sparrow Records). The song is currently being used to further promote The 2013 National Day of Prayer, which is this Thursday, May 2nd.
Explaining the message behind "Pray," Sanctus Real's Matt Hammitt recently shared, "We wrote the song 'Pray' because these are anxious times and the awareness that we’re just one thumb tap away from another shocking headline can be stressful. Sometimes it’s not world news that leaves me anxious, but parts of my own little world that seem to be falling apart. The pressure of holding it all together is daunting when I get to thinking it’s on my own shoulders. Sometimes I find myself tossing my hands up in the air and asking in an exasperated tone, 'What in the world is going on?'"
Hammitt continues, "Every public headline and personal challenge is a reminder, as well as a call, not to lift our hands in despair but rather to continue lifting our hands and voices in prayer. We are longing to see a move of God in our nation, amongst its people and leaders, and we are excited to partner with National Day of Prayer in an effort to urge and inspire people to pray. Will you answer the call?"
A list of videos from the members of Sanctus Real promoting the National Day of Prayer is now available. There is a video already posted of the band sharing about the importance of prayer and in the days to follow, a video from each of the four band members talking about prayer will post.
Sanctus Real - Importance of Prayer
Sanctus Real (Matt) - Importance of Prayer
Sanctus Real (Mark) - Importance of Prayer
Sanctus Real (Pete) - Importance of Prayer
Sanctus Real (Chris) - Importance of Prayer
Sanctus Real - Pray (lyric video)
“PRAY” I bow my head to pray, I don’t know what to say I’m not sure how to fix the things I’m dealing with I’m in a desperate place, I need to share the weight But I just don’t know how to let it all pour out And though I’m silent, my heart is crying ‘cause I was made to come to You
SO I PRAY GOD, I NEED YOU MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY RIGHT HERE IN THIS MOMENT YOU KNOW MY HEART YOU KNOW MY NEED YOU KNOW EVERY PART OF ME SO EVEN IF IT’S JUST TO SPEAK YOUR NAME I’M GONNA PRAY
I’ve failed to find the time, but You’ve been calling out I let the days go by as if I could live without But it’s gotta be here and now I won’t be pulled away ‘cause it’s just You and I So let the world around us fade Father, will You meet me here right now Father, I surrender, lay it down Father, and every time I close my eyes I know that I was made to lift my hands and pray I lift my hands and pray You know my heart You know my need You know every single part of me More than words You want my life Take it as an offering
Written by Matt Hammitt, Chris Rohman, and Christopher Stevens © 2013 Birdwing Music / Toledo Tomorrow Music / 1012 Rosedale Music (ASCAP) / Meaux Mercy / Chriscendo Music (BMI) (Admin. at EMICMGPublishing.com)