National Day of Prayer


National Day Of Prayer Roots

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President Harry S. Truman in 1952 signed a Joint Resolution of
Congress establishing an annual National Day of Prayer. The law was
amended in 1988 and signed by President Ronald Reagan, permanently
setting the day as the first Thursday in May. This call to prayer
is referred to as “A Presidential Proclamation of Prayer.”


  • Read your city’s newspaper and pray for people by name.
  • Pray for your mayor and city council members who help make your
    city a good place to live.
  • Walk or drive through town to discover things you can praise
    God for.
  • Draw a picture of the White House. Pray for the president, his
    family, and others who work there.
  • Visit your county government center or city hall. Write a
    prayer for a public official and then send it to that person in the

Prayer and Care Package

Have each child send a National Day of Prayer care package
filled with goodies to a family in the armed forces. Have children
list the things they’re praying for them, such as for physical
protection as they defend freedom around the world and for comfort
as they’re separated from family and friends.

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Items to include in a care package are a self-addressed stamped
envelope for them to return prayer requests, a picture of the
child’s family, a poem or Bible verse, a music tape or devotional
book, paper and pens, stamps, gum, or mints. Enclose a thank you
note telling them how much they’re appreciated.

Many churches maintain a list of military families from their
fellowship who serve in other countries. Or to find a military
family, contact the public information officer at a military base
near you.

Please keep in mind that phone numbers, addresses, and
prices are subject to change.


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