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National Day of Prayer 2015

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The National Day of Prayer will take place on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

Days of prayer have been called for since 1775, when the Continental Congress designated a time for prayer in forming a new nation. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln called for such a day. Officially, the NDP was established as an annual event by an act of Congress in 1952 and was signed into law by President Truman.

The National Day of Prayer was established as an annual event in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. The observance of the National Day of Prayer is founded on the constitutional rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion and can be celebrated by all Americans.

President Reagan amended the law in 1988, designating the first Thursday of May each year as the NDP.

The 2015 Theme is LORD, HEAR OUR CRY which is based on I KINGS 8:28: “Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.”

 

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Abraham Lincoln on Methodists

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In response to your address, allow me to attest the accuracy of it’s historical statements; indorse the sentiments it expresses; and thank you, in the nation’s name, for the sure promise it gives.

Nobly sustained as the government has been by all the churches, I would utter nothing which might, in the least, appear invidious against any. Yet, without this, it may fairly be said that the Methodist Episcopal Church, not less devoted than the best, is, by it’s greater numbers, the most important of all. It is no fault in others that the Methodist Church sends more soldiers to the field, more nurse to the hospital, and more prayers to Heaven than any. God bless the Methodist Church—bless all the churches—and blessed be God, Who, in this our great trial, giveth us the churches.

May 18, 1864 A. LINCOLN

From Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 7.Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2013 in Posts of Interest

 

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