The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. President Reagan amended the law in 1988, designating the first Thursday of May each year as the National Day of Prayer.
The National Day of Prayer has great significance for us as a nation as 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 for 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.
If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. ~~ 2 Chronicles 7:14
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He chose for His inheritance (v. 12). ~~ Psalm 33:12-22
I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in My name, there am I with them. ~~ Matthew 18:19-20
Then Jesus told His disciples...that they should always pray and not give up. ~~ Luke 18:1
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~~ Philippians 4:6-7
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. ~~ 1 Timothy 2:1-4
Our Leaders that these men and women will be granted divine wisdom, guidance, and strength to fulfill their important roles.
Our Nation to bring about spiritual renewal across America. Pray that people will turn to Him and seek His will for our land.
Our Troops – for their safety, their diligence, and that many will turn to God in faith.
Our Churches - Ask God to help them stand strong in their convictions, be bold in their witness, meet America's spiritual needs and be a place of hope and healing.
The Imprisoned and Persecuted - Ask God to help them endure their hardships, find joy in the midst of trials, encourage one another and find comfort in their faith.
The Mass Media, Cultural and Social Services - Ask God to help them reflect godly values in their work, be accurate and fair in their presentations, place a high value on truth and decency and be responsible with their influence.
Our Families that they commit to the permanence of marriage, serve one another in love, be dedicated to each other and restore broken relationships.
Personal Renewal and Moral Awakening by confessing our sins, seeking His direction and relying on Him instead of ourselves.
Our Youth that they will grow up to lead America. Each day conflicting moral standards, violence, and the latest media scandals bombard them. In the midst of this turmoil, God is raising up an army of young people. Ask the Lord to make them bold and steadfast in their faith.