National Day of Prayer
“To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees.” Billy Graham
The National Day of Prayer was officially established in 1952 and signed into law by President Harry S Truman. It was amended by Ronald Reagan in 1988 to annually occur on the first Thursday in May. Though it became official law in 1952 the National Day of Prayer was a common theme throughout the United States’ history. In 1775 the First Continental Congress called for a day of fasting and prayer over the formation of a new nation, in 1795 George Washington declared a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, and in 1863 Abraham Lincoln signed a resolution calling for a day of fasting and prayer during the Civil Way.
If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do? Psalms 11:3
The National Day of Prayer (NDP) was established as a way for Americans to come together and pray for their nation. As believers a day of prayer for our country is a very important reminder that praying for our country and its leaders is a biblical charge.
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4
There is a power in prayer especially when more than one come together. (Matthew 18:20) As a nation when we come together to pray for the good of our country we honor God. NDP is also an important and vital way to exercise our religious freedom, and to come together as people from many different backgrounds with a common goal: blessing and protection of America.
Shirley Dobson the Chairman of NDP says it best:
“We have lost many of our freedoms in America because we have been asleep. I feel if we do not become involved and support the annual National Day of Prayer, we could end up forfeiting this freedom, too.”
The NDP serves as a reminder of the freedoms we have in America; freedom to choose our own religion. A freedom to decide our moral conscience and to actively live by those principles. We are living in a time where we are seeing some freedoms slowly slipping away. We as Americans, from all different backgrounds and faiths, should take this opportunity to come together on this day to honor God and pray for His blessing and protection for the United States.
“Prayer lays hold of God’s plan and becomes the link between His will and its accomplishment on earth. Amazing things happen, and we are given the privilege of being the channels of the Holy Spirit’s prayer.” ~ Elisabeth Elliot