As with many American customs, the seed of the idea can be traced back to
the founding fathers, in this case George Washington proclaimed:
'The Honorable the Congress having recommended it to the United States to
set apart Thursday the 6th of May next to be observed as a day of fasting,
humiliation and prayer.
This set the month = May and in 1790 the first Thursday was the 6th.
Unfortunately, all George Washington's good intentions seem to have
laregly been forgotten until 1952 when President Harry S. Truman proclaimed
a National Day of Prayer.
In 1982 a
Christian organization called the 'National Prayer Committee' was formed
to fix the annual day of prayer. Naturally, they also wished to
publicise the events at both local and state levels.
The only theological debate in the America of the 18th century would have
been on the various sects of Christianity. But in 1988 the National
Day of Prayer positively embraced the other religions, indeed it's aim was
to unite in prayers to God.
May for the National Day of Prayer
2012 - May 3rd
2013 - May 2nd
2014 - May 1st
2015 - May 7th
the National Day of Prayer
Two amusing prayers from the opposite ends of the age spectrum.
Child Says a Prayer for His Sunday Lunch
Brian, An 8-year-old boy, was asked by his father to say thanks for the
Sunday dinner. His mother and sisters bowed their heads in expectation.
Brian began his prayer by thanking thanking God for his Mommy, Daddy, and
sisters. Then he began to thank God for the meal.
He gave thanks for the chicken, the stuffing, the pudding, even the
bread sauce. Then Brian paused, and everyone waited ... and waited.
After a long silence, the young fellow looked up at his father and asked,
'If I thank God for the Brussels sprouts, won't he know that I'm lying?'
An Old Man Prays for His Friends
God, grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
The good fortune to run into the ones that I do,
And the eyesight to
tell the difference.
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