Today is a National Day of Prayer.
The National Day of Prayer (36 U.S.C. § 119) is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation”. …
The modern law formalizing its annual observance was enacted in 1952, although earlier days of fasting and prayer had been established by the Second Continental Congress from 1775 until 1783, and by President John Adams in 1798 and 1799. Most presidents have issued annual or special occasion proclamations for a national day of prayer, with the notable exceptions of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson.
The constitutionality of the National Day of Prayer was unsuccessfully challenged in court by the Freedom From Religion Foundation after their first attempt was unanimously dismissed by a federal appellate court in April 2011. …
On this day of prayer, let us pray for our Republic:
Heavenly Father, thank You for blessing us with the privilege of dwelling in this great nation. Thank You for inspiring our Founders, when they wrote the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, which together preserve the natural rights which You, in your Supreme Wisdom, have bestowed upon all human beings, men and women.
Jesus, we trust in You. We ask that You guide our leaders. Give them the moral strength that they need to ensure that none of our rights, most especially our right to worship freely, are ever infringed. Turn the hearts of the People back to You. Turn their hearts away from all who would corrupt and mislead them.
Holy Spirit, we beg You to protect our Republic during these most dangerous of times.
Let us pray:
Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from evil.