National Day of Prayer

Today is the National Day of Prayer. This is a day seeped in history, as its inception is really in 1775 when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation.  Then, in 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed a day of "humiliation, fasting and prayer." Fast forward to 1952, a joint resolution made by Congress was signed by President Truman declaring an annual, national day of prayer. In 1988, that law was amended by President Reagan, declaring that the first Thursday each May be the National Day of Prayer.

There is much to be covered in prayer as far as our nation is concerned. To begin with, pray for wisdom for all of our nation's leaders, beginning with the president and his cabinet all the way to our state assemblymen. Pray for each branch of government: our representatives in Congress and the justices in the Supreme Court and its inferiors.

If you want to know more about this day, I would encourage you to visit the official website for the National Day of Prayer. I've just found out that Shirley Dobson is the chairman, which is a wonderful discovery as she is a phenomenal woman.

If you are at a loss for things to pray for, the website has a list to help you. It also gives an extensive break down of the history and significance of today. And remember, it doesn't have to be just today. You can do the same tomorrow. (I'm reminding myself too. :)

Posted by Portia at May 5, 2005 08:54 PM