Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer

National Day of Prayer
Thursday, May 3

To find services that will be held in your area tomorrow, go here

This will be the 56th Annual National Day of 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.

The National Day of Prayer has great significance for us as a nation. It enables us to recall and to teach the way in which our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions. It stands as a call to us to humbly come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people. The unanimous passage of the bill establishing the National Day of Prayer as an annual event, signifies that prayer is as important to our nation today as it was in the beginning.


De'on Miller said...

Thanks for this post Flag Gazer. I'm going to link back to here.

We've been involved in our local Bible Marathon leading up to this day. It's an important day.

In Lovington, we began on Sun. night at 9:00 PM at the courthouse and readers sign up for 15 minute slots reading God's Word into a microphone for all who are nearby to hear. We've done this for several years. This year, they asked me and Greg to open it up. We were very honored.

Douglas V. Gibbs said...

Thanks for the post, linking it to my Carried by Christ blog.

Flag Gazer said...

De'on - that is so wonderful for you and Greg to do that!

Douglas - Thank you.