History of the National Day of Prayer
Millions of Americans pray for the USA on the National Day of Prayer. Here is the history of the National Day of Prayer:
In 1607 the Jamestown settlers landed in Virginia. These are the first permanent English settlers. As their first act upon arriving they prayed, fasted, planted a tall cross on the Virginia shore and covenanted America to God to all generations. In 1620 the Pilgrims came, “to advance the Christian faith… for the glory of God”. The Puritans and others came and followed in covenant to advance the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ and to enjoy the liberties of the Gospel.
In the 1600’s and 1700’s Americans showed a great hunger for God. With love for God, prayer was continually made for our covenant Christian nation.
In the time period of 1774 to 1776 the first act of Congress was for George Washington, John Adams, John Jay and our Founding Fathers to pray in Jesus’ name and to read the Holy Bible together seeking God for our nation. Congress called for a National Day of Prayer. John Hancock and our Founding Fathers signed our Declaration of Independence, which is a Christian document to worship the LORD as a free Christian nation and not to be under tyranny.
In 1863 Abraham Lincoln called for a “National Day of Prayer”.
In 1952 Congress formally established the annual National Day of Prayer by a joint resolution. This was signed by President Harry Truman.
In 1979 the Christian National Prayer Committee was founded. This became the National Day of Prayer Task Force.
In 1988 President Ronald Reagan assigned the National Day of Prayer to be the first Thursday in May.
In 2014 the National Day of Prayer Revival Force was founded to augment the National Day of Prayer with these three focuses: 1) Rededicating the USA to God as a covenant Christian nation, 2) bring about revival and awakening and 3) to help America’s youth live as one nation under God.