May 3, 2018
Today is the National Day of Prayer. This explanation from the nationaldayofprayer.org helped me understand its origins:
The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was unanimously amended by both the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on Thursday, May 5, 1988, designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer. Every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.
While this is a good thing, a day set aside to pray for our nation, its leaders, peace, mercy, etc., I’m thinking everyday would be better to include those things in our prayers. So I invite you to join with me in praying:
Lord have mercy on our nation, our leaders, our people. Guide our leaders, and all of us, to make good and just decisions. Show us how to live not only for ourselves, but for others - our neighbors around the world. Amen.