|Cross+Links Newsletter Signup||Community Blog
The National Day of Prayer is celebrated by Americans of many religions. The Day is designed to emphasize prayer for America, its leadership and for its peoples. Its purpose is to unify us in asking for God’s guidance and blessings upon our country. The first National Day of Prayer was proclaimed by the Continental Congress in 1775. The second was established by President George Washington. Presidents John Adams and Abraham Lincoln also proclaimed National Days of Prayer. In 1928 the founder of The Order of the Daughters of the King®, Margaret Franklin and 200 Daughters of the King met with President Calvin Coolidge and suggested an annual Day of Prayer for the nation.
On April 17, 1952, President Truman signed a bill proclaiming a National Day of Prayer must be declared by each following president at an appropriate date of his choice. In 1988, the law was amended so that the National Day of Prayer would be held on the first Thursday of May. Two stated intentions of the National Day of Prayer were that it would be a day when adherents of all great religions could unite in prayer and that it may one day bring renewed respect for God to all the peoples of the world.
As our nation struggles with continued political division, economic issues, serious social problems and environmental challenges, citizens of the United States are preparing to exercise their freedom to gather, worship, and pray. Millions will answer the call to prayer on May 4th in observance of the 66th Annual National Day of Prayer. Organized events will be held in thousands of public venues where intercession will be made for America and its leadership. The Order of the Daughters of the King® encourage all to pray together and individually for our country and all things that concern the American people and this nation we call home.