Today is the annual National Day of Prayer where people across the nation will gather for a day of prayer for the United States of America. The theme this year is Colossians 2:6-7, “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.”
Prayer has always been a vital part of America’s heritage. Before the founding of the United States, the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation. The call to prayer has continued throughout America’s history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863.
The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was unanimously amended by both the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on Thursday, May 5, 1988, designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer. It states, “Whereas the Congress, by a joint resolution approved on April 17, 1952, has provided that the President ‘shall set aside and proclaim a suitable day each year, other than a Sunday, as a National Day of Prayer, on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation’; and whereas I deem it fitting that this Day of Prayer coincide with the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which published to the world this Nation’s ‘firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence.’”
Every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation. Sadly, last year for the first time in 70 years, there was not a public prayer gathering at the U.S. Capitol Building during The National Day of Prayer, and Joe Biden made no mention of God in his proclamation.
This year’s U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon completed yesterday, and hundreds of believers publicly read aloud the entire Word of God, in multiple languages and without commentary, for over ninety continuous hours.
Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “Our nation is in crisis and unifying people to pray for America is the most important thing we can do right now. Prayer is a privilege, and we should not take it lightly. The Bible says, ‘The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective,’ and we can make a powerful difference in history when we humble ourselves, come together, and seek God’s mercy and guidance. The very essence of America’s heritage is rooted in a Judeo-Christian foundation, and those who think they can build this house without God are more foolish than the builders of Babel.”