National Day of Prayer

According to the National Day of Prayer website, “In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual, national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.” Both the 1st Continental Congress (1775) and President Lincoln (1863) called for Americans to pray on specific days, and it has become a part of our national landscape.

Ironically enough, President Lincoln’s call was to “humiliation, fasting, and prayer.” I don’t know many people who are out there fasting…fast-fooding maybe, but not fasting. And I definitely don’t know many people who are called to “humiliation” as Lincoln said it. Most of us are into indulgence and pride–myself included. We love Whataburger’s “just like you like it” and Burger King’s “have it your way” mentality.

So, thankfully, our leaders have recognized historically and presently that we have to give pause to who we are and where we came from as a nation–that “under God” is more than just two words in our Pledge of Allegiance. It represents the reality of the words in Daniel 2:21 “he removes kings and sets up kings.”

As an American, I am humbled to call the United States my home. As a veteran, I serve in order to protect the freedoms God has granted to us. As a Christian, I am thankful God continues to allow me to live and work and play in America.

Today, I pray humbly for God to continue to bless America. What about you? Will you join Lincoln’s call to “humiliation, fasting, and prayer?”

I’d love to hear your thoughts…

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One Response to “National Day of Prayer”

  1. Thank you for your service as a veteran. I pray the Lord will bless your household on this National Day of Prayer.

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