May 3, 2018, is the National Day of Prayer. Observed on the first Thursday of May every year, the National Day of Prayer dates back to 1952 when President Harry S. Truman signed into law a joint resolution from the United States Congress deeming the day a national observance.
There are many groups that provide information on the day, and many that advocate for participation. The largest group, the National Day of Prayer Task Force, works to educate and encourage participation in the event.
On their website, the National Day of Prayer Task Force describes the importance of the day, saying, “It exists to communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer, to create appropriate materials, and to mobilize the Christian community to intercede for America’s leaders and its families.”
Although the day of prayer is applicable to all religions, the National Day of Prayer Task Force is a Christian organization that mainly targets those with Judeo-Christian backgrounds.
“The Task Force represents a Judeo-Christian expression of the national observance, based on our understanding that this country was birthed in prayer and in reverence for the God of the Bible,” their website reads.
There are groups all over the country hosting events in different cities to commemorate the National Day of Prayer. To find one near you, click HERE.