National Day of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. It was further amended in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan. The National Day of Prayer has great significance for us as a nation as 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 for 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. It is estimated that over two million people attend more than 30,000 observances – organized by approximately 40,000 volunteers. At state capitols, county court houses, on the steps of city halls, and in schools, businesses, churches and homes, people stop their activities and gather for prayer. This year, Good Samaritan is proud to host its first National Day of Prayer event beginning at 2:00pm on May4 in the Chapel. Prayer guides from the National Day of Prayer Task Force, as well as from our own Book of Common Prayer, will be available throughout the day until 8:00pm. We greatly encourage you to take some time out of your busy day to silently pray in the Chapel anytime from 2:00pm until 8:00pm.
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.– IIChronicles7:14