GIVE US THIS DAY:

16 Dec

The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage. Prayer has been part of America since its beginning. The words “Give us this day” followed by “Our daily bread” have never meant more than they do in these modern days & time of unemployment & rising hunger with death seeming, to some, to be an answer when hope has been lost as lives have been changed.

Benjamin Franklin guided the Founding Fathers with these words ‘Have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance?’ at the prayer meeting the Nation was birthed in. The National Day of Prayer is significant for America.

The NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER used to be a Hallmark holiday. Today it is acknowledged with an online greeting card, an ambassador sent globally to a single recipient or many with a click or as a posting to virtual online communities such as Facebook or in 144 character message absorbed in a vast sea of Twitters. Observances bring people from all economic, political and ethnic backgrounds together for moments of silent or jubilant prayer, from sunrise to sunset held at state capitols, courthouses, city halls, schools, businesses, places of There have been 965 state and federal calls for national prayer since 1775; 59 Presidential Proclamations for a “National Day of Prayer” with very President since 1952 signing a National Day of Prayer proclamation.

The first call to prayer was in 1775. The Continental Congress asked the 13 colonies to join in prayer seeking wisdom with which to form their new nation. George Washington issued a proclamation of a National Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer, October 1789,  the week before Congress had approved the Bill of Rights in which Congress did not interpret “establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Thomas Jefferson said in 1808 “Fasting and prayer are religious exercises; the enjoining them an act of discipline. Every religious society has a right to determine for itself the time for these exercises, and the objects proper for them, according to their own particular tenets; and right can never be safer than in their hands, where the Constitution has deposited it.” President Lincoln proclaimed of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. April 17, 1952, President Truman signed Congress’ Joint Resolution Public Law 82-324; 66 Stat. 64 declaring the Day of Pray a national and yearly event.  In 1983, the Supreme Court in their decision of Marsh vs. Chambers affirmed the right of state legislatures to open their sessions with prayer in “Because of the faith of many of our founding fathers, public prayer and national days of prayer have a long-standing and significant history in American tradition.” President Regain amended the law, in 1988, establishing the first Thursday of each May, to be the National Day of Prayer, with Presidents since then issuing Proclamations for Americans to pray this day.

President Reagan permanently designated the first Thursday of May the National Day of Prayer, with each president in the Oval having the ability to recommit America’s moment of introspection and opportunity for service, with the signing of Public Law 100-307 in the Second Session of the 100th Congress, encouraging all Americans on this day. State governors and governors of U.S. territories join in America’s pledge of Thanks by signing similar proclamations.Turn inside for introspection, as an individuals standing, not alone in prayer, but in the community of the greatest Nation on Earth under God. Take a moment. Look left. Look right. Look up. See your blessings. Turn off Technology. Step outside of the whirlwind absorbing our consciousness. Tune out Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Flicker and so on and so on. Look inside. Smile. Breathe. GIVE US THIS DAY.

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