National Day of Prayer–May 7

National Day of Prayer

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National Day of Prayer
National Day of Prayer
Observed by Religious Americans
Date First Thursday in May
2009 date May 7

The National Day of Prayer is a day designated by the United States Congress as a day when people are asked to come together and pray, especially for their country. It was created as a floating holiday in 1952 and fixed on the first Thursday in May by Ronald Reagan.


There is so much happening so quickly in Congress that it makes my head spin!  Our country is severely divided on many, many issues.  We have troubles on every side and each problem is a catalyst for strong opinions that continue to polarize us–economic downfall, rising unemployment, wars abroad, terrorism, unchecked rise of illegal aliens, energy crisis, human rights, citizens’ rights . . .

Hundreds more issues could be mentioned, and they all will demand more of us to resolve than a war of words and ideologies.  I believe that we need to come together in humility and grace for each other–set aside the disparaging and name calling, set aside the need to be right and to be better than the other person, and let us seek to find real solutions together as members of the same human family under the direction of God.

The National Day of Prayer gives us opportunity to look beyond our human differences, to seek God’s counsel, and to work together, reaching across whatever barriers separate us as Americans to embrace the value in each person and be willing to learn and grow together. 

Our problems will not be solved by each side attacking the other, but I believe that humble hearts seeking the Wisdom of our Creator will be able to hear His voice and His ways.

Don’t we owe it to ourselves and our country to find out how the Designer and Fashioner of our lives meant us to operate?

“Prayer…America’s Hope.” National Day of Prayer, May 7. AZ National Day of Prayer website.   National website:


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