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National Day of Prayer in New Martinsville

By Staff | May 12, 2021

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.

Every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.

The National Day of Prayer has great significance for us as a nation as it enables us to recall and to teach the way in which our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions.

It stands as a call for us to humbly come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people. The National Day of Prayer belongs to all Americans. It is a day that transcends differences, bringing together citizens from all backgrounds.

National Day of Prayer President Kathy Branzell reminds of the saying, “History belongs to the intercessors who believe the future into being.” This year’s theme echoes prayers for the country: “Lord pour out Your love, life, and liberty.” Once again proclaiming a promise of God in the theme verse, 2 Corinthians 3:17 NKJV, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

Prayers are lifted up across the country through the efforts of tens of thousands of volunteers who lead their communities to organize over 60,000 local events on the National Day of Prayer in the past.