National Day of Prayer Will Be Different, But Just As Powerful
The annual National Day of Prayer this Thursday will be much different than any year before. With the world still reeling from the current global pandemic, the usual crowds and events that typically mark this national holiday aren’t possible. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be a National Day of Prayer to remember.
This year, millions of people across the nation will gather virtually, praying together through social media, online chats, and live streams. Many local communities have organized their own virtual gatherings, and Pray.com is hosting a video event with lawmakers and leaders such as Vice President Mike Pence, Pastor Jack Graham, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and William Franklin Graham III.
About the upcoming day of prayer, Pompeo said, “Our nation needs prayer now more than ever, and so it is fitting that we gather on this day to remind us that we should seek the Almighty God every day in prayer.”
While current circumstances may make it complicated to celebrate this important day, it’s more vital than ever that people unite in prayer. As Dr. Jack Graham put it, “For many years, we’ve come together on the National Day of Prayer to lift up our country in prayer. Although we can’t gather in our nation’s capital this year due to the pandemic, we have a unique opportunity to come together virtually and exalt the name of God and worship Him in the midst of this crisis.”
The National Day of Prayer began as a simple celebration in 1952, approved by Congress and President Truman. Later, in 1988, President Reagan named it an official national observance, celebrated every first Thursday in May. This Thursday marks the 69th year of the tradition, and the first time it will be celebrated completely virtually.
Dr. Graham added that “Christian leaders from throughout the country will participate – praying for the advancement of the kingdom and the proclamation of the Gospel as we seek to provide hope to the hurting through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
You can visit the National Day of Prayer’s website to find out about events happening all across the country. They will also be hosting a national broadcast Thursday evening from 8-10 p.m. ET.
1 John 5:14 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his well, he hears us.” As we gather virtually from our homes this week, we can rest assured that our collective prayers will be heard, and the peace of Christ will be felt.