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National Day of Prayer
Religious
In Jesus Name We Pray!

When: May 7th

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

If you are a religious person, then you understand the power of prayer. Today is a day for people with a belief system or faith in Jesus Christ can exercise the ability to communicate with God through speaking quietly or or aloud, through this process called prayer.  In the United States thankfully we all have the freedom to exercise this ability freely and openly. An easy way to celebrate is say a simple prayer, or attend a religious service to hear a prayer being said.

Numbers

The term "Pray" is mentioned 313 times in the King James Bible.

Description

Since the history of mankind there have been examples of man speaking upon the name of the Lord. Prayers, whether with or without sacrifice, were constantly offered by the patriarchs to God.  In ancient times of the Judges, the children of Israel never forgot to cry unto the Lord, and a model of prayer is shown by Hannah in the Bible specifically in the book of Samuel. 
Generally the approach to Prayer is Standing or Kneeling. The Lord’s attitude in prayer is recorded only one time. In the Garden of Gethsemane the Savior fell on his face and fell on the ground in prayer.  Other noteworthy individuals that the Bible shows kneeling in prayer include Stephen, Paul and today Christians generally kneel to pray.  Some faiths believe that the holding of family prayer is a powerful influence for good in every home where it is a regular practice.  People with faith often start the morning and evening with prayers, as well as the blessing on food, bringing people a sense of unity for family as well as a closeness to the Father in heaven.

Interesting Facts

  1. The National Day of Prayer was enacted in 1952 by the Congress and President Harry S. Truman.
  2. The Freedom From Religion Foundation unsuccessfully challenged the National Day of Prayer in court.
  3. Over 55% of Americans say they pray every day, according to a Pew Research Center survey.
  4. According to Merriam Webster the word "Amen" is used to express solemn ratification or hearty approval.
  5. John 17:1–26 is generally known as the Farewell Prayer or the High Priestly Prayer and is the longest prayer of Jesus in any of the gospels.

Information

Observed:
  • May 7th
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