Millions of people across the U.S. are expected to bow their heads in prayer on Thursday to observe this year’s National Day of Prayer. The day, which isn’t a public holiday but was sanctioned by Congress more than 60 years ago, is held on the first Thursday of every May and is a time for people of all faiths to come together to pray and meditate.

The annual event dates back to 1952 when President Harry Truman signed a bill putting National Day of Prayer into law. This year’s theme, set by the National Day of Prayer Task Force, is “Lord, Hear Our Cry.” The group is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and oversees thousands of prayer events across the country.

President Barack Obama is expected to make a few remarks Thursday in honor of the National Day of Prayer. “As we give thanks for our liberties, we must never forget those around the world, including Americans, who are being held or persecuted because of their convictions,” Obama said during last year’s prayer day. “Let us remember all prisoners of conscience today, whatever their faiths or beliefs and wherever they are held. ... And let us carry forward our nation’s tradition of religious liberty, which protects Americans’ rights to pray and to practice our faiths as we see fit.”

Here are 23 Bible verses to share with others on May 7. 

Bible Verses About Prayer

1. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” -- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

2. “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” -- Mark 11:24

3. “Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him.” -- Psalms 4:3

4. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” -- 1 John 5:14

5. “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” -- Matthew 6:7-8

6. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” -- Philippians 4:6

7. “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” -- Matthew 7:11

8. “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” -- Psalm 145:18

9. “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” -- 1 Timothy 2:1-2

Bible Verses About Love

10. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” -- Romans 8:28

11. “Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” -- Romans 13:10

12. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us.” -- 1 John 4:18-19

13. “Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.” -- Proverbs 10:12

14. “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” -- 1 John 4:8

15. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” -- John 13:34-35

Bible Verses About Hope

16. “Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever more. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” -- Isaiah 9:7

17. “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” -- 1 John 3:2

18. “Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.” -- Proverbs 24:14

19. “If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.” -- 1 Corinthians 15:19

20. “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” -- Romans 12:12

Bible Verses About Faith

21. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” -- Hebrews 11:1

22. “Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters.” -- Romans 14:1

23. “For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” -- Romans 10:10

24. “So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight.” -- 2 Corinthians 5:6-7

25. “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” -- 1 John 5:13