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Theme of 2016 National Day of Prayer is 'Wake Up America'

Veronica Neffinger | iBelieve Contributor | Friday, April 29, 2016

Theme of 2016 National Day of Prayer is 'Wake Up America'

The theme of the U.S.’s National Day of Prayer, set to take place on May 5, is “Wake up America.” reports that the National Day of Prayer was first officially instituted in 1952 by then President Harry Truman, but even as far back as 1775, America’s political leaders designated a day for prayer.

In 1988, under President Ronald Reagan, Congress further amended the resolution for a National Day of Prayer to state, "The President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups and as individuals."

This Thursday, May 5, thousands of people will take time out of their busy schedules and will gather in their communities to pray for America’s leaders, local communities, and the nation as a whole.

There will also be a National Observance of the event in Washington, D.C. where Pastor Dr. Tony Evans will give the keynote address.

The theme of this year’s event is “Wake Up America,” emphasizing the need for all Americans to wake up to the challenges facing the nation and to bring them before God in prayer. 

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Publication date: April 29, 2016