Thursday, May 7th is the National Day of Prayer in the United States. The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman after a joint resolution was reached the United States Congress. Each year the day falls on the first Thursday of May and is an annual day of observance that is celebrated by Americans of many different faiths.
Each day is a day suitable for prayer, and the National Day of Prayer serves as a special reminder of the importance of lifting each other and our nation before the Lord. The day helps to bring people together, regardless of the faith that they practice. While participating one can recall the manner in which our founding fathers sought wisdom from God and used his guidance during their most critical decision making.
During this year’s National Day of Prayer is a call for us to seek His guidance for not only ourselves but our nation’s leaders as well. If you’re wondering what exactly to do or how to pray, know that you’re not alone. Many people feel that observing the day of prayer can be overwhelming. How should you pray for your community, church or state? What type of prayer is appropriate? Begin by following Scriptures and finding inspiration, you may be surprised by where your heart leads you.
Here are a few bible verses to help you reflect during this year’s National Day of Prayer.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” (Psalm 46:1-3)
“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.” (Isaiah 12:2)
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:12-13)
“If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked way, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (Chronicles 7:14)
During uncertain times that are filled with hardship, confusion, and anguish it is important to remember that He is always present and when we call Him, He will hear us and give us enough hope, strength, and grace to prevail.
This blog was originally published on Mark Smith CIU’s website.