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National Day of Prayer 2021

Posted on: May 06, 2021

A Prayer from God’s People for All People:

Sovereign God you are both among and above All the nations of the Earth: Be attentive to the cries of our nation today. 

We ask that the simple message of the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ be the basis of our love for everyone, everywhere, all the time. 

We ask that our nation would seek unity not in human commonality, but in divine grace. 

We ask for the wisdom and patience in the pursuit of healthy living and faithful service. 

Now more than ever we declare our dependence upon you and eagerly offer our ambition and talents in service to the seniors of America. They have earned and deserve the best care we can provide. 

May they be blessed beyond measure. As they helped build this nation, may we help preserve them and their dreams for us and the world. 

In the powerful Name of Jesus we offer this prayer.

History of the National Day of Prayer

In the early 1950s, an evangelical movement called for Congress and the President to proclaim a National Day of Prayer. The movement grew and a young leader, Evangelist Billy Graham, led services for approximately 20,000 on the steps of the Capitol on February 3, 1952. Later that year, Congress proclaimed a joint resolution for a National Day of Prayer. President Harry S. Truman proclaimed a National Day of Prayer to be observed on July 4, 1952. Each year since that date, Americans have observed the day in their own way. The observance moved to the first Thursday in May by President Ronald Reagan and has been proclaimed each year since.

Dr. Keith H. Ray is the Vice President of Mission Integration and Development at Christian Horizons.