National Day of Prayer is celebrated every first Thursday of May, the National Day of Prayer Task Force said.

It's a time for Americans to come together and pray for the country.

Created in 1952, thanks to an effort of the U.S. Congress and then-President Harry S. Truman, the event aims to "mobilize unified public prayer for America."

Faith has always been a big part of American culture, National Today noted, with the country filled with people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs.

On this day, Americans of all faiths are invited to pray for the country.

"The First Amendment to our Constitution protects the rights of free speech and religious liberty, including the right of all Americans to pray," President Joe Biden said in the proclamation.

"As we continue to confront the crises and challenges of our time — from a deadly pandemic, to the loss of lives and livelihoods in its wake, to a reckoning on racial justice, to the existential threat of climate change — Americans of faith can call upon the power of prayer to provide hope and uplift us for the work ahead," he added.

A gathering is typically held in Washington, D.C. to mark the event, and thousands of other events such as prayer concerts, rallies and vigils are held nationwide. Given the current situation, however, some may want to observe the event in smaller or modified ways.

On this day, let's look at some simple ways Americans can observe National Day of Prayer even at home or in their own communities. (Courtesy -- National Day of Prayer Task Force, National Today, National Day Calendar)

  1. Pray- The simplest way one can participate is by saying a silent prayer for the country. No matter what one's faith is, people can take the time to pray for the nation and its people. The National Day of Prayer Task Force recommends praying for the "seven centers of influence" in the country. These are the government, military, media, business, education, church and family.
  2. Join a group- People of different faiths may choose to meet with their faith group to pray together. Whether they pray in a synagogue, church, mosque or even online, the point is to come together in prayer. For instance, those of a Christian faith may want to participate in Pope Francis' prayer marathon for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic and those affected by it. Others may even join an "interdenominational prayer event," where people of different faiths can come together and pray for the country.
  3. Research other days of prayer- Others may want to take the time to look up other days dedicated to praying. For instance, before the National Day of Prayer that we know today, there were also other days of prayer in American history. This includes the resolution that made April 30 a day of fasting and prayer during the Civil War. 
  4. Donate or Volunteer- Some people may observe the occasion by volunteering at their local faith group too. Whether one donates resources or time, this may be an excellent way to help out and even meet others in your faith group.

Praying Hands Representation. Photo: Pixabay