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Lift Up the Word, Light Up the World: National Day of Prayer 2024

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Today is the National Day of Prayer, an annual observance on the first Thursday in May, inviting people to pray for our nation. People are gathering across the country both in-person and virtually to lift up our country in prayer, following the theme of “Lift up the word – light up the world.”

How You Can Get Involved

There are a wide range of resources available to help you and your family, church, or small group pray for our country, including:

The History of the National Day of Prayer

The setting aside of this day for prayer was started in 1952 when a bill was passed by Congress directing that, “The President shall set aside and proclaim a suitable day each year, other than a Sunday, as a National Day of Prayer, on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals.” The first National Day of Prayer observance that was organized by the National Prayer Committee took place at Constitution Hall in Washington D.C. and featured speakers Vice President George Bush and Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie. Then, in 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Ronald Reagan, officially designating the first Thursday of May to be the National Day of Prayer. Observances have continued to grow ever since.

The Importance of Prayer

Prayer is always of critical importance. As we see headlines riddled with protests, deaths, and celebrations of sin, it is more critical than ever. We invite you to join us in praying for our country.

As we abide in You and Your

Word abides in us, we take up our shield of

faith and the sword of the Spirit which is the

Word of God and run boldly into the darkness

to Lift Up the Word and Light Up the World!

(Excerpt from the 2024 National Prayer)


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