National Day of Prayer

By Richard Nelson


May 3, 2018

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Today is the National Day of Prayer. It was created by Congress in 1952 and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer. As people go to local courthouses and state capitols to pray it indicates a couple of things that may seem obvious, but worth pointing out. For starters, prayer implies we're talking to God. It means that there's someone more powerful, more knowledgeable and more worthy than us. It also takes humility on the part of people who are praying to admit this. We're blessed to live in a nation where we can freely pray in public and call on the Lord of the Universe.  And as a nation we need His grace and mercy more than ever.  


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