Thursday marks this year’s National Day of Prayer, an observance held annually on the first Thursday of May when people all over the United States are invited to join together in prayer.
President Harry Truman established the day in 1952 when he signed a joint resolution from Congress, and President Ronald Reagan amended the law in 1988, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday in May. Since its creation, the National Day of Prayer Task Force has organized events every year “to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture,” its website says.
Events will be taking place around the country on Thursday, but several religious leaders and politicians will be speaking at the main event on Capitol Hill in Washington. The event is set to begin at 9 a.m. EDT and last until 12:30 p.m. It will be broadcast on GOD TV throughout the day, and if you want to watch it live, you can do so with the live stream below.
The people expected to participate in the 65th annual National Day of Prayer observance include Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, Senate Chaplain Barry Black, House Chaplain Patrick Conroy, Dr. Tony Evans, Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, Shirley Dobson, Dr. James Dobson, Anne Graham Lotz, Veritas, Dr. Dick Eastman, Dr. David Butts and the Rev. John Bornschein.
Beyond the May event, the National Day of Prayer group holds events throughout the year and will be holding its National Prayer Summit this summer July 14-17.
If you want to look up local National Day of Prayer events near you, the group’s website has a map feature where you can do that. Anyone can add events to the website, and many extend beyond the official National Day of Prayer, so the observance doesn’t have to stop this Thursday.