National Day of Prayer….Pray for America…
Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation.
1 Timothy 2:2
Today is the day of observance held on the first Thursday of May every year, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation”. Every year since it was created, the president has signed a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. The modern law including the annual observance was enacted in 1952.
The Honorable the Congress having recommended it to the United States to set apart Thursday the 6th of May next to be observed as a day of fasting, humiliation and prayer, to acknowledge the gracious interpositions of Providence; to deprecate [to pray or intreat that a present evil may be removed] deserved punishment for our Sins and Ingratitiude, to unitedly implore the Protection of Heaven; Success to our Arms and the Arms of our Ally: The Commander in Chief enjoins a religious observance of said day and directs the Chaplains to prepare discourses proper for the occasion; strictly forbidding all recreations and unnecessary labor.”
—George Washington, First President of the United States