By Josh M. Shepherd, Bound for Life blog.
Today marks the National Day of Prayer, recognized in federal law as a day “on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals.”
President Barack Obama issued the annual proclamation late yesterday, while governors in every U.S. state followed suit today. Rep. Randy Forbes, founding co-chair of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, also worked with 56 Members of Congress to issue “An Open Letter to America on Prayer” today.
The presidential proclamation reads in part: “In the face of tremendous challenges, prayer is a powerful force for peace, justice, and a brighter, more hopeful tomorrow… When we pray, we are reminded that we are not alone – our hope is a common hope, our pain is shared, and we are all children of God.”
According to the National Day of Prayer Task Force, a nonprofit group that mobilizes prayer nationwide and promotes the annual observance, more than 43,000 prayer gatherings will occur across America today on this its 64th year.
Nearly one million people worldwide tuned in online this morning to the National Observance in Washington, DC – seeking inspiration, direction from faith leaders, and prayer points to carry to local meetings.