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Are you aware that our nation has a law in place requiring our President to proclaim a National Day of Prayer each year on the first Thursday in May?
The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Each year since its genesis, the president has signed a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.
Some Interesting History on Prayer in Our Nation
The first call to prayer was in 1775 when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation.
“Fasting and prayer are religious exercises; the enjoining them an act of discipline. Every religious society has a right to determine for itself the time for these exercises, and the objects proper for them, according to their own particular tenets; and right can never be safer than in their hands, where the Constitution has deposited it.”
—Thomas Jefferson, 1808
The call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. The law signed by President Harry S. Truman in 1952 was amended and signed by President Reagan in 1988, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May.
According to The National Day of Prayer Task Force, this year’s theme is:
Hear us…Forgive us…Heal us! For the Glory of Your Great Name
Headed by chairman, Anne Graham Lotz
The National Day of Prayer is for all Americans. It is a day that transcends differences, humbly bringing together citizens from all backgrounds in prayer before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people. According to The National Day of Prayer Task Force, it is estimated that over two million people have attended more than 30,000 observances at state capitols, county court houses, on the steps of city halls, and in schools, businesses, churches, and homes.
Last year the Task Force “hit the road” as they chronicled their fourth historic prayer journey through the United States with a bus tour encouraging thousands to pray for the more than 21,995,000 Americans who serve in local, state, and national government!
All Americans are encouraged to get involved in this year’s National Day of Prayer. To find or host an event near you go to
The website offers promotional kits, prayer guides, t-shirts, stickers, and more.
“Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.” 1 Timothy 2:2


  1. marthajaneorlando Reply

    It’s no coincidence, I think, that Danny’s surgery will take place on the National Day of Prayer, Beckie. Even though it is meant for the entire nation, I believe it covers individuals, too, as God knows our needs before we ask.
    And I love the theme! Perfect!
    Danny’s surgery is scheduled for one o’clock tomorrow. Your prayers are so appreciated!
    Love and blessings,

  2. beckielindsey
    beckielindsey Post authorReply

    Martha, I’m praying now and will be praying tomorrow too! Please keep us posted.
    Love and blessings to you both!

  3. melanielivingreal Reply

    Thank you, Beckie, for sharing this important post. Our city, Columbia, SC, hosts a gathering for prayer on our State House grounds every year. I’ve attended several and led worship music for this event. I can’t stress enough what an humbling honor it is to pray for our nation, and what a beautiful sight to see thousands gathered in Jesus’ Name all over this great land. Blessings!

    • beckielindsey
      beckielindsey Post authorReply

      Melanie, what an honor to lead worship for a National Day of Prayer event! I had the privilege of leading over 125 women in Bible study in prayer today. We are so blessed to live in the USA.
      Thanks for taking time to share.

      • melanielivingreal Reply

        Yes, we are! I know God used you powerfully today! You are a blessing!!

  4. Kristi Ann Reply

    Everyday should be a Nation Day of Prayer!! “Pray Without Ceasing.” ( 1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV )!!
    God Bless all my Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus-Yeshua and Your Families and Friends!!
    Love 💕 Always and Shalom ( Peace ), YSIC \o/
    Kristi Ann

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