PrayerConnect for April 12, 2016
National Day of Prayer
Americans are privileged to live in one of the richest nations in the world, yet a question cries out to be answered: Has America lost her true treasure? Are her families intact? Her children secure? Are sacred principles of integrity, loyalty and the sanctity of human life respected and protected? Most of us would agree, America is in need of prayer.
Prayer has been a vital component of our national heritage. The first official call sounded in 1775, when the Continental Congress requested prayers for wisdom to form our government. President Lincoln proclaimed a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer.” In 1952, Congress unanimously voted on a joint resolution that established an annual day of prayer, later amended to secure the date on the first Thursday of every May.
National Days of Prayer are more than significant activities in our nation’s history; they are critical to our future. They are days set aside to remember our rich heritage-and like our founding fathers, humbly seek God’s wisdom, guidance and grace.
Thursday, May 5 thousands of events with millions of expected participants are being planned across the nation with a unifying theme, “Wake up America,” supported by Psalm 58:1, “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.”
Community and church leaders, children, and men and women of all ages, walks of life and Christian denominations will stop their usual activities and gather to ask God’s blessing and protection upon our nation.
For more information, visit www.nationaldayofprayer.org.