There is power in prayer. That’s why millions of Americans have set aside a day, Thursday, May 3, as the National Day of Prayer. For Christians across the globe, the historic day serves as a symbolic remembrance that their help comes from God. This year marks the 61st annual observance of the National Day of Prayer.

“This year’s theme, ‘One Nation Under God,’ is based on Psalm 33:12, which reminds us that ‘blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,’” said National Day of Prayer (NDP) Task Force Chairman Shirley Dobson, wife of Focus on the Family founder James Dobson.

“At this perilous and uncertain juncture in our country’s history, it is critical that we remain in prayer,” she explained. “The American people continue to be plagued with challenges that defy simple answers, and our hope lies in humbly seeking the Almighty’s guidance, protection and blessing—not only on the National Day of Prayer, but throughout the year.”

“In our churches, we can pray every Sunday, on Wednesdays and at other times throughout the week,” said John Bornschein, vice chairman of National Day of Prayer Task Force (NDPTF). “However, there is something special about a standing, stone memorial to recognize that we are going to put aside the busyness of our day, even for an hour or 30 minutes, to say, ‘Today is a day that I recognize to pray on behalf of my nation, neighbors and community.’”

Although organized prayer dates back to the foundation of our country, officials reported that every year, they have seen double-digit growth.

“This is reflected in the sheer number of events that are happening, the need for prayer and the outpouring to our offices of how people have organized prayer throughout the year, not just on that first Thursday,” Bornschein noted. “So, it has really become a 12-month strategy of organizing effective and powerful prayer in our community.

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