The first Thursday in May is designated each year as the National Day of Prayer (NDP). May 5 marks this year’s annual call to people of all faiths to pray for the nation.
A task force organizes the day of observance, which “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.”
Tony Evans, 2016 NDP honorary chairman and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas, repented personally and collectively for “the spiritual apathy that now engulfs us” in the national prayer. “Enable us, by Your Spirit, to no longer be secret agent Christians but rather to publicly declare and live out Your truth in a spirit of love so that You feel welcome in our country once again.”
The event was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Each year since, the sitting U.S. president has issued a proclamation designating the special day.