National Day of Prayer (U.S.A.)
May 5, 2011
"The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him" -Nahum 1:7
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The Prayer Foundation,™ an International, Interdenominational Christian Prayer Ministry Headquartered in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington U.S.A., fully supports the National Day of Prayer in the U.S.A. and encourages all Americans to participate.
If you do not usually set aside time for prayer, do so on this day. If you do set aside daily time for prayer, set aside more on this day. If there are events in your area, participate. If there are no events in your area, prayerfully consider if the Lord would have you be instrumental in starting one for next year (The National Day of Prayer is always the first Thursday in May).
As an International Organization, we welcome any who are not U.S. Citizens, to join with us in prayer on this day; and we also invite you to let us know if your Country has a Day of Prayer, and when it is, so that we can set up a page on our web site listing this information.
For more information on the National Day of Prayer (U.S.A.) and events scheduled throughout the Country: Television, Radio, Parades, Services: (listed by State:) go to:
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History of America's National Day of Prayer:
1775: The Continental Congress issues a proclamation setting aside a day of prayer.
1795: George Washington declares Feb. 19th a Day for Prayer and public thanksgiving.
About 1813: James Madison designates a Day of Prayer.
1863: Abraham Lincoln signs a Congressional Resolution calling for a Day of Prayer on March 30th.
1952: President Truman signs into Law a bill proclaiming a National Day of Prayer (NDP), passed unanimously by Congress. The Bill requires the President to choose a Day for Prayer each year.
2001: The 50th National Day of Prayer. An estimated 2.5 million persons in America participate in about 30,000 events nationwide.
National Day of Prayer Task Force Press Release
God Returns to the Public Square
Colorado Springs - As America experiences war, millions of people plan to gather at courthouses, in businesses, around school flagpoles, inside places of worship and stadiums to participate in the National Day of Prayer on the first Thursday in May.
"This is a tumultuous time in American history. We are at war...corporate corruption has grabbed the headlines, thousands of people are out of work, families are struggling to stay together and we daily live under the threat of terrorism.
Where can we turn to for help other than God?" said Shirley Dobson, Chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. "We are in desperate need of the Lord. But, how can we arrogantly ask for His blessings and wisdom when we live contrary to God's standard of righteous living? It is imperative to understand that our survival and well-being as a nation rests solely on our willingness to live according to His purpose."
Over 30,000 coordinators and volunteers will organize prayer observances in all 50 states, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Most events will take place in public venues and incorporate the "Prayer for the Nation." Dobson expressed the importance of Americans openly uniting in religious expression, not only to show America's dependence on God but also to exercise our First Amendment rights.
"The trend of removing God from all aspects of American public life has become increasingly disturbing," Dobson stated. "President Ronald Reagan once said, 'If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under.' Whether it involves the Ten Commandments or our Pledge of Allegiance, there is a very small number of people leading this movement to expel the Creator of the universe from society altogether. The National Day of Prayer provides an opportunity for the community of faith to take advantage of our freedom to worship and keep the Lord in the public arena."
The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States when the Continental Congress issued a proclamation setting aside a day of prayer in 1775. In 1952, Congress established an annual day of prayer and, in 1988, that law was amended, designating the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May.
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