“Fasting and prayer are religious exercises; the enjoining them an act of discipline. Every religious society has a right to determine for itself the time for these exercises, and the objects proper for them, according to their own particular tenets; and right can never be safer than in their hands, where the Constitution has deposited it.” Thomas Jefferson, 1808
May 2nd will mark the 62nd Annual National Day of Prayer Celebration, and we encourage you join us and many others assembling across the nation!
From the inception of this nation, many of our Presidents and leaders have called the nation to prayer, and even fasting, in critical times. They realized the importance of humbling ourselves before a holy God to seek His intervention. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, 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.
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting Americans to pray this day, and every day, for the nation.
It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was amended so that the National Day of Prayer would be held on the first Thursday of May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.
On April 15, 2010, Judge Crabb ruled that the statute establishing the National Day of Prayer was unconstitutional as it is “an inherently religious exercise that serves no secular function”. However, the Seventh U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the right of American’s to observe this National Celebration of our spiritual heritage and freedom to pray and worship God.
We encourage everyone to participate based on our understanding that this country was birthed in prayer and in reverence for the God of the Bible. There will be thousands of events taking place across this nation, go to www.nationaldayofprayer.org to find one near you! The CPCFoundation Team will be participating in events in Washington, D.C.
Please take time, no matter where you are, this and every day to pray for national, state, and local leaders.