Thursday, May 3, 2012

National Day of Prayer - A little history

The National Day of Prayer started back in 1952 under the leadership of the US Congress and signed into law by Harry S. Truman.   It was founded on the idea the we are a free country and we reserve the right to believe in our God and build a better country.  Today National Day of Prayer is to always be the first Thursday in May.

What you might not know is that it has not been an uncommon event to happen in our country.  Before 1952 there had been different times where Presidents had declared days of prayer during some of the more pressing times in our countries history. In 1775 at the dawn for the birth of our nation our founding fathers called for a day of prayer and humility that was almost done in a similar way to the country of Ninevah back in the book of Jonah. The people of American fasted and prayed for a free country, and the proof of success is America becoming a nation in 1776.

 Then again in 1863 President Lincoln declared another day of prayer and fasting. In his speech he said "And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord."

Conversation Starter
  • Can you see a pattern between the success of the Jews in the Old Testament to how successful America has been by just faith and prayer alone?
Things To Try
  • Take few minutes and pray about something that is needed in our country today to make it stronger.

1 comment:

  1. Great article.. Lots of great information! Really cool to see how things are the same in the bible as they are today! Thanks for writing this article.