On Thursday, May 3rd, from 7:00 p.m – 8:00, Community of Joy Church, 4015 Northview Terrace, Eagan, MN, will host a National Day of Prayer Service in our sanctuary. Christians from the community are invited to join in prayer for our federal, state, and local governments; the media, business and education communities; as well as for the Church and family. Childcare will be provided and refreshments will be served afterwards. Come and join us as we pray for our nation. For further information, call 651-687-9010.
The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our American heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual, national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.
The National Day of Prayer has great significance for us as a nation. It enables us to recall and to teach the way in which our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions. It stands as a call to us to humbly come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people. The unanimous passage of the bill establishing the National Day of Prayer as an annual event, signifies that prayer is as important to our nation today as it was in the beginning.