This week I started searching for a local meeting for the National Day of Prayer gathering. I had a hard time finding anything. I messaged some of my acquaintances and they knew nothing about the National Day of Prayer. I found this troubling since my family has attended them for decades. I finally found out about three of them in my state, none of which are very close to me. I decided to share with my readers some resources because prayer is very important tool to me as I navigate my life.
This is what I wrote to a friend who had never heard of the National Day of Prayer. “There have been many National Days of Prayer in the United States. It’s been done since the Revolutionary war or before that with the Pilgrims and others. George Washington called for Days of prayer. There’s alot of history on it. Harry Truman signed a bill in 1952 proclaiming a National Day of Prayer be declared on a day of each succeeding presidents choice. In 1982 a National Day of Prayer committee was formed and in 1988 the law was amended so it would be held on the first Thursday of May. I think I’ve been going to it every year for a long time. The area we came from meets in a grocery store parking lot and people from all churches come to pray together. Usually there is some music and there is a recommended order for prayers. I listened to Dr Dobson a lot raising my kids and his wife Shirley was very active with this.”
Praying with others and sharing burdens and giving them to God is also a huge part of my life. This gives me hope and encouragement through daily burdens. I have so often seen God provide, comfort and sustain me and my family over the years. I do not know how people manage the sorrows and trials of this life without the help of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Here is a sample of a declaration from the website:
BY THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF ——
A PROCLAMATION for a DAY OF PRAYER
WHEREAS:Throughout the history of America, faith in Almighty God has been deeply rooted in the foundation and building up of this great nation. From the early pilgrims to the Continental Congress, to the many Presidents and Governors who have served, we have exalted the Lord; giving Him praise and overflowing with gratitude throughout the generations as He carries us through times of great crisis and celebration, and
WHEREAS: In our city and across America the observance of the National Day of Prayer will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2022, with the theme, “Exalt The Lord Who Has Established Us,” based on the verses in Colossians 2:6-7, “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.”, and
WHEREAS:A National Day of Prayer has been a part of our heritage since it was declared by the First Continental Congress in 1775 and a Public Lawestablished in the United States Congress in 1952 approved by a Joint Resolution and later amended by Congress and President Reagan with Public Law 100-307 in 1988, affirming that it is essential for us as a nation to pray and directs the President of the United States to set aside and proclaim the first Thursday of May annually as a National Day of Prayer; and
WHEREAS:Leaders and citizens of our nation are afforded the privilege of prayer, affirming our spirituallegacy of instituting times of thankfulness and renewed reliance on Almighty God; we ought to exercise the freedoms we have to gather and pray, to unify hearts, communities, and our country, while wehold dear to our faith, freedoms, and to one another as fellow Americans all fearfully and wonderfully created in the image of God. May we take time to pray for our nation and our neighbors.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, ___, Mayor of the city of ____, do hereby proclaim, May 5th, 2022, as a
DAY OF PRAYER
throughout the city of _____ and I commend this observance to all of our citizens.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the City of ___ to be affixed at___ on this __ day of ___, 2022.
We did find a gathering to join. I’m grateful we have this opportunity. It’s never too late to pray!