Mission and Vision
The mission of the National Day of Prayer Task Force is: “Centered on the Lord Jesus Christ, the National Day of Prayer Task Force exists to mobilize unified public and personal prayer for America.” The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. The Task Force represents a Judeo-Christian expression of the national observance based on our understanding that this country was birthed in prayer and reverence for the God of the Bible.
Significance of the National Day of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer has great significance for us as a nation as it enables us to recall and teach how our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions. It stands as a call for us to humbly come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people. The bill’s unanimous passage establishing the National Day of Prayer as an annual event signifies that prayer is as essential to our nation today as it was in the beginning.
The National Day of Prayer is Ours
The National Day of Prayer belongs to all Americans. It is a day that transcends differences, bringing together citizens from all backgrounds. Mrs. Shirley Dobson, NDP chairman, reminds us: “We have lost many of our freedoms in America because we have been asleep. I feel if we do not become involved and support the annual National Day of Prayer, we could end up forfeiting this freedom, too.”