Pastor Rodney Lord
A national day of prayer was called for by the first Continental Congress in 1775 and was first established by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. In 1952, Congress unanimously voted to establish a National Day of Prayer. The day was made official when President Harry S. Truman signed it into law.One of the people who advocated most strongly for that 1952 law was the Evangelist Billy Graham, who led a weeks-long prayer "crusade" to Washington that year, and on Feb. 3, 1952, gave a speech urging Congress to introduce legislation establishing a National Day of Prayer. This was something he'd been suggesting for years, but it finally stuck—becoming law in just a couple of weeks.
In 1988, Congress and President Ronald Reagan amended the law to designate the first Thursday in May as National Day of Prayer.
The national day of prayer is a powerful reaffirmation that we are overwhelmingly a people that trust God and believe in the power of prayer.
What an honor and expression of freedom when we stand united and rehearse the blessings of God that have been poured out on America and pray into the promises of His Word.
From the very founding of this nation prayer led the way. From Presidents to Generals, to legislators, to judges and to the common citizen on the streets….prayer has been honored and practiced. In times of crisis and triumph God has responded to our prayers with mercy and blessing.
It was founding fathers John Adams and John Hancock who wrote:
"We Recognize No Sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus!"
Join us as we gather at noon Thursday May 4th at the Washington County Courthouse. The Greater Ohio Valley will join together in prayer for this region and the nation.