The mission of the National Day of Prayer-Frederick is to encourage all Christians in Frederick County to prayer, personal repentance and righteous, especially the youth. The Youth Prayer Rally was born out of a vision to provide a platform to encourage area youth to gather together and publicly pray for our local, state, and national government and its leaders.
The First Thursday of May
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for our nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday in May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, Governor Larry Hogan and the other 49 state governors signed similar Proclamations.
The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863.
The National Day of Prayer is Ours
The National Day of Prayer belongs to all Americans. It is a day that transcends differences, bringing together citizens from all backgrounds. Mrs. Shirley Dobson, NDP national chairman, reminds us: “We have lost many of our freedoms in America because we have been asleep. I feel if we do not become involved and support the annual National Day of Prayer, we could end up forfeiting this freedom, too.”
Thank you in advance for making this spiritual discipline a personal priority and for standing with us as we encourage others, especially our young people, to incorporate prayer in their lives. The Lord has graciously anointed our efforts over the past two years, and we look forward to seeing His hand move across our county, state, and nation in exciting ways in 2016!
Frederick County Coordinator
National Day of Prayer Task Force