National Day of Prayer

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2024 Date2 May 2024
2025 Date1 May 2025

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National Day of Prayer encourages citizens to reflect on their national and personal circumstances and offer thanksgiving or supplications as the case may be. Critical aspects of this event include communal prayers across diverse religious denominations, aimed at fostering a sense of national unity, respect for diverse faiths, and invoking divine intervention in national affairs.

According to historical records, the tradition of a Day of Prayer is not new, but its observance as a national event varies across different countries. In Nigeria, similar practices predate the colonial era, with various ethnic groups setting aside days for communal invocations. The concept of a National Day of Prayer in its contemporary form can be traced to the efforts of various religious bodies and leaders advocating for a unified day of prayer. The focus is often on pressing national issues like insecurity, economic uncertainties, and the need for peaceful coexistence.

In Nigeria, National Day of Prayer is characterized by diverse activities guided by the denominational doctrines of different religious bodies. These include special prayer services in mosques and churches, peace walks, and civic engagements aimed at promoting mutual respect and unity. Besides, it serves as a platform for the religious community to interact with government leaders on critical national issues. National Day of Prayer is celebrated on the first Thursday of May each year.

Facts about National Day of Prayer

  • The theme for National Day of Prayer in 2024 was Faithfulness.
    In 2023, the theme 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
  • Nigerian Muslims pray five times a day, in accordance with Islamic law. The prayers, also known as Salah, are considered one of the Five Pillars of Islam, and they are performed at dawn, noon, in the afternoon, at sunset, and in the evening.
  • Due to its religious diversity, Nigeria often holds interfaith prayer events, with both Christians and Muslims praying for peace and unity in the nation.

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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