May 2, 2013
In 1775, the Continental Congress allocated a time for prayer in forming a new nation. Over the years, there have been calls for a day of prayer, including from President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. On April 17, 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill proclaiming the National Day of Prayer into law in the United States. President Reagan amended the law in 1988, designating the first Thursday of May each year as the National Day of Prayer.
The National Prayer Committee was formed in the United States in 1972. It went on to create the National Day of Prayer Task Force, with the intended purpose of coordinating events for the National Day of Prayer. According to the Legal Information Institute, the President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals.
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Kimball
Doors open for prayer 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; all are welcome.
This Thursday, May 2, the church will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for anyone to come when they choose and spend time in the Lord’s House, in silent prayer. Handouts of prayers will be available and are optional. Come and go when you choose. If you can’t come to church, take a moment out of your day to pray on Thursday for our country, and other concerns in your heart.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”