National Day of Prayer Right Around the Corner!
In 1775, before the formation of the United States of America, the Continental Congress called for a special day of prayer. They invited every patriot to ask God for His wisdom and guidance as their leaders put in place the foundations of a new country. Every president has called upon citizens to gather together and pray for Gods help in response to national calamities and in times of crisis.
President Ronald Reagan reflected on the meaning and significance of a national day of prayer in 1983:
From General Washingtons struggle at Valley Forge to the present, this Nation has fervently sought and received divine guidance as it pursued the course of history. This occasion provides our Nation with an opportunity to further recognize the source of our blessings, and to seek His help for the challenges we face today and in the future.
Right now, our nation is facing challenges. Millions of men and women are struggling to make ends meet. Millions of parents are unable to get adequate healthcare for themselves and their children. Millions are worried about the direction this country is going. We need to pray! We need God!
Prayer has always been a part of the American story, and today countless Americans rely on prayer for comfort, direction, and strength, praying not only for themselves, but for their communities, their country, and the world I invite all citizens of our Nation, as their own faith directs them, to join me in giving thanks for the many blessings we enjoy, and I call upon individuals of all faiths to pray for guidance, grace, and the protection of our great Nation as we address the challenges of our time.
Along with countless individuals who will be taking special time out to pray on the National Day of Prayer, more than 35,000 prayer gatherings will take place throughout the United States. What will you be doing on Thursday, May 2, in recognition of Gods lordship over this country? How are you going to continue this great Christian tradition of the United States of America? Here are some ideas.