Pray, North Carolina! The National Day of Prayer (NDP), an annual observance that invites people of all faiths to pray for our nation, is this Thursday, May 5. This will be the 65th observance and will feature the theme, “Wake Up America,” a call for “individuals…to return to the God of our fathers in reverence for His Holy Name.” The verse this year is Isaiah 58:1: “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.”
Our country is dealing with some divisive issues, while also undergoing one of the most contentious election seasons in modern history. It is vitally important during these trying and difficult times that Americans come together in prayer for our nation and its leaders.
Americans have been gathering for a National Day of Prayer since 1952 when the event was first established by an act of Congress. Every year in Washington, D.C., representatives from each branch of government join with military and religious leaders, as well as representatives from educational, youth, and pro-family groups to bring the nation’s attention to the importance of prayer. During the one day event, states, cities, and local groups also engage in a variety of activities, including prayer breakfasts, Bible readings, concerts, rallies, prayer vigils, and more.
If you are interested in finding an event near you, the NDP website has many helpful links including one that allows you to search for events in your zip code.
We encourage you to join us in prayer for our nation and its leaders.