The annual National Day of Prayer occurs tomorrow, Thursday, May 7, as people across America are invited to pray for our nation and the world. The theme for this year’s NDP is “Pray God’s Glory Across the Earth,” which feels especially fitting as our world attempts to fight and come to grips with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beginning in 1952, the National Day of Prayer (NDP) was established as annual event, and in 1988 President Ronald Regan designated it to fall on the first Thursday in May. There have been 69 Presidential Proclamations for a NDP. This year, the Presidential Prayer Team has created an Official Prayer Guide for the National Day of Prayer.
The national observance will begin virtually at 8pm ET, featuring well-known faith leaders such as Christian musician Michael W. Smith and Will Graham, grandson of Rev. Billy Graham and son of Franklin Graham. There will also be several observances across North Carolina. Most are occurring virtually, but a few will be conducted in person in small, socially distanced groups. To find prayer events in your area, visit the NDP’s Find an Event page. Most of the events in our state run throughout the morning and afternoon, and conclude in time for the national observance at 8pm ET.
NC Family encourages you to join an organized prayer event near you, or observe this special day in your own way with your family. There can be no overestimating the power of prayer, and our nation and world are in great need of it. Please join us in praying for healing for those infected; for courage and strength for those on the front lines; for wisdom for our leaders; and for opened eyes and hearts for those who do not know of the redeeming love of our Savior. May God bless and keep you all safe during this difficult time.