Today is the National Day of Prayer, a time for people of all faiths to pray for our country and leaders.
We are Christians, an important part of the United States of America. Let us pray for America – for our future, for our morals and direction, and for our president and elected officials. Let us pray for Modesto and Riverbank – for leadership and for our part to play. Let us pray for our efforts to reach people in the name of Christ, knowing that God changes hearts and wants to save lives.
Pray like crazy today!
In 1775 the Continental Congress allocated a time for prayer in forming a new nation. Over the years, there have been calls for a day of prayer, including from President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. On April 17, 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill proclaiming the National Day of Prayer into law in the United States. President Reagan amended the law in 1988, designating the first Thursday of May each year as the National Day of Prayer.
The National Prayer Committee was formed in the United States in 1972. It went on to create the National Day of Prayer Task Force, with the intended purpose of coordinating events for the National Day of Prayer. According to the Legal Information Institute, the President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals.