National Day of Prayer

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2023 Date4 May 2023
2024 Date2 May 2024
National Day of Prayer

National Day of Prayer is an annual holiday that serves to encourage Americans to pray, meditate and repent. It is also used to draw awareness to prayer and religious beliefs.

The origins of National Day of Prayer date back to 1787 when Benjamin Franklin asked President George Washington to open each day with prayer and to realize that prayer is deeply intertwined in the fabric of the United States. It was not until February 1952 however, that Reverend Billy Graham petitioned support of Representative Percy Priest to observe a national day of prayer. On April 17, 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill proclaiming National Day of Prayer, to encourage Americans to turn to God in prayer and meditation. National Prayer Day is celebrated every year on the first Thursday of May.

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Facts about National Day of Prayer

  • The theme for National Day of Prayer in 2023 was Pray Fervently In Righteousness And Avail Much.
  • Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart - Mahatma Gandhi, Civil Rights and Freedom Activist

Top things to do in Nigeria for National Day of Prayer

  • Attend a religious service at your place of worship on the National Day of Prayer. If you are not religious, try meditation or meditative yoga.
  • Practice mindfulness by focusing upon the internal and external experience of each moment of life. Mindfulness creates awareness and encourages one to be grateful for their blessings.
  • Watch the National Day of Prayer from the comfort of your home. The Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) usually broadcasts the National Day of Prayer event from Abuja on television.
  • Volunteer at local charities or non-profit organizations on the National Day of Prayer as a way to give back to the community.

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