The National Day of Prayer has been celebrated annually in the U.S. since 1952 when Congress created a joint resolution, signed into law by President Harry Truman, stating that the President would dedicate one day every year for a National Day of Prayer. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed legislation designating the first Thursday in May as the annual observance.
Every president since then has on that day issued a proclamation encouraging the people of the nation to gather together in prayer. This year's theme for the National Day of Prayer is “Exalt the Lord Who Has Established Us,” taken from Colossians 2:6-7.
Make plans to tune in for a special presentation of the National Day of Prayer broadcast on Thursday, May 5 at 8:00 pm ET/ 7:00 pm CT.