NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER HISTORY President Harry S. Truman proclaimed a National Day of Prayer to be observed on July 4, 1952. Each year since that date, Americans have observed the day in their own way. The observance moved to the first Thursday in May by President Ronald Reagan and has been proclaimed each year since.
The Women’s World Day of Prayer started in the USA in 1887 when Mary Ellen Fairchild James, wife of Darwin Rush James from Brooklyn, New York, called for a day of prayer for home missions, and Methodist women called for a week of prayer and self-denial for foreign missions.
Since the 1700s to now, America has called for over 140 national days of prayer , humiliation, fasting, and thanksgiving by the President.
It is hosted by members of the United States Congress and is organized on their behalf by The Fellowship Foundation, a Christian organization. It is designed to be a forum for the political, social, and business elite to assemble and pray together.
Prayer Breakfast or Lunch – Since National Day of Prayer always falls on a Thursday, organize an early morning prayer breakfast (it’s the best way to start the day — just look at Jesus in Mark 1:35!) or an hour of prayer during lunchtime.
As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Canada , Christians are also rising up and calling the nation to prayer . They’re calling for the Canadian Church to pray together as on this Saturday, March 28.
Over the years, there have been calls for a day of prayer , including from President Abraham Lincoln in 1863.
National Day of Praise and Worship / Sep 26.
March 23, 1798: Proclamation of Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer .
The National Prayer Breakfast , which is held each year in Washington, D.C., attracts political and religious leaders from around the nation and the world, who gather to pray and reflect on faith. Many observers believe the event merely promotes faithfulness, humility, and reflection among national leaders.