National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our American heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775 when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, public prayer and national days of prayer have a long-standing and significant history.

  • 1863: President Lincoln proclaimed a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer.”
  • 1952: a joint resolution by Congress signed by President Truman declared an annual national day of prayer.
  • 1988: President Reagan permanently set the day as the first Thursday of May.

Each year the president signs a proclamation encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.

The National Day of Prayer reminds us of how our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions. It calls us to humbly come before God and seek His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people.

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