On June 20, 1676, by unanimous vote the Pilgrims of Charlestown, Massachusetts proclaimed June 29, 1676 a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God. On June 1st 1774 Congress called for a day of prayer and fasting. George Washington, as President, issued an official proclamation designating October 3, 1789 as a day of prayer and thanksgiving. In May of 1863 Abrham Lincoln reaffirmed October 3rd of that year as a day of prayer and thanksgiving. In April of 1952 Congress oficially established a National Day of Prayer. And on May 8th, 1988 congress officially declared that the first Thursday in May shall be a national day of prayer.
That tradition which started with the very first beachead onto these blessed shores, while honored on different days, has continued unabated to this day. Our current president has reaffirmed our nation’s need for prayer, and has issued the traditional proclamation designating this Thursday, May 6th, 2010 as a national day of prayer.
In George Washington’s closing paragraph in a letter to the governors of the 13 states on the occasion of his retirement from command of the Continental Army he wrote the following.
“I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in his holy protection, that he would incline the hearts of the Citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to Government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow Citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for their brethren who have served in the Field, and finally, that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all, to do Justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility and pacific temper of mind, which were the Characteristicks of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.”
I encourage you to pray the same prayer. Join with your Wildmen brothers all over the United States, Thursday May 6th, 2010 at 11:00am for 5 minutes of prayer for our nation and each other.
And lastly, don’t stop praying. If you’d like to keep current on how you can pray for our nation, visit the presidentialprayerteam.com.
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14
Blessings to you,
p.s. Just because we are calling Wildmen to prayer specifically at 11am does not mean you can’t pray at other times too.