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National Day of Prayer

Pat Verbal

National Day Of Prayer Roots

President Harry S. Truman in 1952 signed a Joint Resolution of Congress establishing an annual National Day of Prayer. The law was amended in 1988 and signed by President Ronald Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday in May. This call to prayer is referred to as "A Presidential Proclamation of Prayer."


  • Read your city's newspaper and pray for people by name.
  • Pray for your mayor and city council members who help make your city a good place to live.
  • Walk or drive through town to discover things you can praise God for.
  • Draw a picture of the White House. Pray for the president, his family, and others who work there.
  • Visit your county government center or city hall. Write a prayer for a public official and then send it to that person in the mail.

Prayer and Care Package

Have each child send a National Day of Prayer care package filled with goodies to a family in the armed forces. Have children list the things they're praying for them, such as for physical protection as they defend freedom around the world and for comfort as they're separated from family and friends.

Items to include in a care package are a self-addressed stamped envelope for them to return prayer requests, a picture of the child's family, a poem or Bible verse, a music tape or devotional book, paper and pens, stamps, gum, or mints. Enclose a thank you note telling them how much they're appreciated.

Many churches maintain a list of military families from their fellowship who serve in other countries. Or to find a military family, contact the public information officer at a military base near you.

Please keep in mind that phone numbers, addresses, and prices are subject to change.

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