The fall observance was established by President Abraham Lincoln as the official Thanksgiving holiday in 1863. The spring observance was established by President Harry S. Truman in 1952 as the National Day of Prayer.
Later that year, Congress proclaimed a joint resolution for a National Day of Prayer . 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.
On May 7, 2020 the theme will be ” Pray God’s Glory Across the Earth” with the text from Habakkuk 2:14. The co-hosts will be Evangelist Will Graham (grandson of Billy Graham) and Kathy Branzell (president of the National Day of Prayer ).
The National Day of Prayer is observed annually on the first Thursday in May , which is today, May 7 . This day observance, designated by the United States Congress, asks people “to turn to God in prayer and meditation.” For many, prayer is an integral part of daily life.
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.
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.
March 23, 1798: Proclamation of Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer .
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.