The National Day of Prayer was first observed informally by the Continental Congress in 1775 and then later on it was observed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. During the Presidency of Harry S. Truman, he declared an actual day of observance on April 17, 1952 and it was brought into law by a bill that he signed. It was President Ronald Reagan who amended this law and declared that this National Day of Prayer would be set on the first Thursday of May, beginning in 1988. In different languages it is written as:
National Day of Prayer in English and Día Nacional de la Oración in Spanish
היום הלאומי של תפילה in Hebrew and 기도의 건국 기념일 in Korean (Holidays.)
There are many things that different people do on this day. Some people just simply pray for our Nation and for the people that they know. Other people observe it with prayer and with fasting and also to intreat the favor of the Lord God Almighty, that He might bless this nation once again and restore this Nation to greatness.
According to the National Day of Prayer website, it will be televised live on DirecTV 365 as well as being streamed live on their website. It will begin at 9:00 a.m.to 12:00 EST and broadcast from the Cannon House office building in Washington D.C. Some of the speakers that will be presenting will be Anne Graham Lotz and Dr. James and Shirley Dobson.
Many cities across the nation will also be hosting Prayer Breakfastes and other linked events. In the Chicago area and surrounding communities (or even nationwide), there will be at least 40 different events, so to see which one is close to you just click here and enter in Chicago, Illinois. Other countries such as England and Australia will also be participating with the United States of America and prayer will be uplifted to our Creator at the same time and on the same day, May 1st. Hallelujah!
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
Let us pray!