The National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer

7 May 2015



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Because of the faith of our many founding fathers, public prayer and national days of prayer have a long-standing and significant history in American tradition.  The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage.  Since the first call to prayer in 1773, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863.  In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual, national day of prayer.  In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May.  Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.  The National Day of Prayer belongs to all Americans.  It stands as a call to us to humbly come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people.

Key Verses:  2 Chronicles 7:14:  “If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.”

1 Timothy 2:1-4:  “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of truth.”

To view the Proclamation from the State of Arizona, from our Governor Duecy, go to azndp.org

For more information about where to find prayer sites go to azndp.org

In inquire or to submit a prayer site go to: azndp.org and nationaldayofprayer.org

For other questions ask Lois Blei, AZNDP State Director lois.blei@azndp.org.  We encourage churches and individual, who love the Lord, to become part of the AZ National Day of Prayer Task Force.


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