What is National Day of Prayer?

A week from today is National Day of Prayer, a federal observance signed into law by Harry Truman in 1952. In 1988, the Congress, by Public Law 100-307, called on the President to issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a “National Day of Prayer.” Throughout history, our nation’s presidents have proclaimed national days of prayer after tragic events such as hurricanes. On March 2nd, 1863, a resolution was introduced to the senate asking President Lincoln to proclaim a national day of prayer. This resolution was adopted on March 3rd and signed by Lincoln on March 30th.

This year the national day of prayer calls for us to pray for all the Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic and for our national response efforts. Our nation always needs prayer, but it needs prayer especially amidst this pandemic. Through our prayer, we are casting all our anxieties on Him, because he cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). We trust in Him to be our refuge and our fortress (Psalm 91). We invite you to gather with us via live stream from your own home to pray for our nation, just as our nation’s leaders have done many times before. Join us on Thursday, May 7th, 2020 at 6:55 p.m. on the SHEPHERD’S GROVE Facebook page.