Does the United States of America need prayer? Does the State of New York need prayer? You bet they do.
Each year, on the first Thursday in May, the National Day of Prayer is celebrated across the United States. The National Day of Prayer has been held since 1952, when President Harry S. Truman signed a congressional resolution establishing it. The National Day of Prayer Task Force—a private organization—exists “to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture.”
This year, the 65th annual National Day of Prayer is scheduled for Thursday, May 5, 2016. The theme for this year’s National Day of Prayer is Wake Up America, which “emphasiz[es] the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to return to the God of our Fathers in reverence for His Holy Name.” The Scripture for this year’s National Day of Prayer is Isaiah 58: “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.”
This year, the National Day of Prayer will be observed in Albany, New York at the Cathedral of All Saints, beginning at 11:00 A.M. Other National Day of Prayer events are being held across New York State. For more information on the National Day of Prayer, or to locate an event near you, please visit NationalDayOfPrayer.org.