America trusts in the abiding power of prayer and
asks for the wisdom to discern God’s will in times of joy and of trial.
As we observe this National Day of Prayer, we recognize our dependence
on the Almighty, we thank Him for the many blessings He has bestowed
upon us, and we put our country’s future in His hands.
From our Nation’s humble beginnings, prayer has guided our leaders and
played a vital role in the life and history of the United States.
Americans of many different faiths share the profound conviction that
God listens to the voice of His children and pours His grace upon those
who seek Him in prayer. By surrendering our lives to our loving Father,
we learn to serve His eternal purposes, and we are strengthened,
refreshed, and ready for all that may come.
On this National Day of Prayer, we ask God’s continued blessings on our
country. This year’s theme, “Prayer! America’s Strength and Shield,” is
taken from Psalm 28:7, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart
trusts in him, and I am helped.” On this day, we pray for the safety of
our brave men and women in uniform, for their families, and for the
comfort and recovery of those who have been wounded.
The Congress, by Public Law 100-307, as amended, has called on our
Nation to reaffirm the role of prayer in our society by recognizing
each year a “National Day of Prayer.”