The National Day of Prayer is this Thursday, May 7th a much needed day given the worldwide outbreak of the Corona Virus.
Although the day was originally created to recognize the Christian faith, all religions are encouraged to us this day to “unite people through faith and peace,” states the National Today.
The first National Day of Prayer was established in 1775 and is a piece of our cultural history. During the Civil War, Lincoln signed a congressional resolution for a day of Fasting and Prayer. In 1952, the Nation Day of Prayer was co-founded by Congress and signed into law by President Truman. This was amended by President Reagan in 1988 for the day to land on the first Thursday in May.
The day stands as a reminder to use God’s guidance to make important decisions in the country and for ourselves and is now recognized by American’s nation-wide.
This year there will be an online prayer rally with the Presidential Prayer Team leading the way.
As America has come to be a multicultural nation, it is widely celebrated by people of all faiths.
It can be a good day to pause and reflect on what we have and say a prayer for our friends and families and the world at large. Celebrating this day can be as simple as actually saying a prayer on this day. Even if you are not a person of faith, it can be a good day to take a few moments for reflection, gratitude and a celebration of peace.