National Day of Prayer

Today is the 63rd Annual National Day of Prayer. It is a day when Christians in our great nation come before the Lord in prayer with one mind and one voice. 

The Bible verse on the website is Romans 15:6, which says, “…so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”The battle cry for the day of prayer is “Investing in Hope... Transforming our Nation Through Prayer!”

“The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of ‘humiliation, fasting, and prayer’ in 1863.

In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. 

Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.”*

In its inception, the National Day of Prayer was and is to be an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. The mission of the Christian arm of the National Day of Prayer is to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture. 

Prayer has been in the fabric of our society from the very beginning. Our Founding Fathers saw prayer as an essential for our nation under God. 

Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1808, “Fasting and prayer are religious exercises; the enjoining them an act of discipline. Every religious society has a right to determine for itself the time for these exercises, and the objects proper for them, according to their own particular tenets; and right can never be safer than in their hands, where the Constitution has deposited it.”

According to our Founding Fathers, we are expected to pray and seek God for His blessings and guidance for our nation. May it always be so.

Take time today and pray for our nation. 

One final word from the Scriptures as spoken by God about prayer: “…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 1 Chronicles 7:14.

Something to think about …

*From the National Day of Prayer Task Force Website