President Trump’s Call for National Day of Prayer Follows Tradition of America's Founders & Presidents
"Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer."
America’s first official day of national prayer was in 1775 when the Continental Congress called for the public to fast and pray for the leadership of the Colonies. After that time, presidents periodically called the nation to pray during times of war or other hardships.
In 1952, Pres. Harry Truman signed a law that each year the president must issue a proclamation calling the people to pray, but didn't designate a specific day. In 1988, Congress chose the first Thursday in May as the National Day of Prayer, and it was signed into law by Pres. Reagan
President Trump, responding to the Corona Virus outbreak, recently declared, "It is my great honor to declare Sunday, March 15th, 2020, as a National Day of Prayer. We are a Country that, throughout our history, has looked to God for protection and strength in times like these ..." (1)
Referring to our history, President Trump stated, "In our times of greatest need, Americans have always turned to prayer to help guide us through trials and periods of uncertainty. As we continue to face the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, ... we must not cease asking God for added wisdom, comfort, and strength, and we must especially pray for those who have suffered harm or who have lost loved ones." ......
"As we unite in prayer, we are reminded that there is no burden too heavy for God to lift or for this country to bear with His help. Luke 1:37, promises that 'For with God nothing shall be impossible,' and those words are just as true today as they have ever been. As one Nation under God, we are greater than the hardships we face, and through prayer and acts of compassion and love, we will rise to this challenge and emerge stronger and more united than ever before. May God bless each of you, and may God bless the United States of America." President Trump's proclamation: National Day of Prayer, March 15, 2020 (2)
(presidentialprayerteam.org, 3/14/20 (1); whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions (2); gotquestions.org; today.ng,3/14/20)
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