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National Day of Prayer: Interesting facts you might want to know

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May 1 is the 63rd Annual National Day of Prayer. This is a day of prayer, designated by Congress, signed into law by the President of the United States, recognized by all 50 Governors and observed by millions of people. The reason is clear. It is etched on buildings, monuments and memorials, defined in law and recited by students every day. Atheists and others might not like it, but this great nation is still a "Nation under God," a God who is active in the affairs of men and their governing authorities, according to Proverbs 8:15, Proverbs 21:1, and Daniel 4:25.

There are interesting facts about the National Day of Prayer. Records indicate there have been 1,259 state and federal calls for national prayer since 1775 and counting. There have been 142 national calls to prayer, humiliation, fasting and thanksgiving by the President of the United States (1789-2013). There have been 65 Presidential Proclamations for a National Day of Prayer (1952-2013). Gerald R. Ford (1976), George H. Bush (1989-91) and Barack H. Obama (2012) are the only U.S. Presidents to sign multiple National Day of Prayer Proclamations in the same year. Every President since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.

Thirty-four of the 44 U.S. Presidents have signed proclamations for National Prayer. Three of the Presidents who did not sign a proclamation died while serving in office. Two Presidents, not included in the count, William Howard Taft and Warren Gamaliel Harding, signed proclamations for Thanksgiving and Prayer.

The theme for the 2014 National Day of Prayer is "One Voice, United in Prayer" based on Romans 15:6, which reads: "So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." Anne Graham Lotz is the campaign's 2014 honorary chairwoman.

There are many National Day of Prayer events and activities all around the nation. Get involved in some of them in your area. On this National Day of Prayer, many Americans will assemble in prayer in front of courthouses, churches, in other places of worship, such as mosques, synagogues, and temples. Luncheons, picnics, and music performances centered around praying for the nation are also popular observances.


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