The website of the National Day of Prayer states: “This year (2021) marks 70 years since Reverend Billy Graham stood on the capitol steps in February 1952 and called for congress and the president to establish a day of prayer. By April of that year, President Truman signed the legislation into public law.”
The legislation (Public Law 82-324) directed the president of the United States to set aside an appropriate day of the year, other than Sunday, as a National Day of Prayer. On May 8, 1988 President Ronald Reagan signed Public Law 100-307 designating the first Thursday in May as the annual observance for the National Day of Prayer.
In 1855, Joseph Scriven wrote a poem in which he said, “What a privilege to carry Everything to God in prayer! Oh, what peace we often forfeit, Oh, what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer!” This poem became the hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” These concepts, combined with the instructions of Jesus to his disciples in Matthew 18:19-20, “if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them” can be put into practice on Thursday, May 6 this year at several events.
There will be here in Ketchikan opportunities to agree in prayer together for our elected officials at all levels of government (school board, city, borough, state, and nation). In addition, situations in our families, homes, churches, governments, courts, country and world can be brought to the attention of Almighty God for his divine guidance, wisdom and intervention.
The opportunities to gather on Thursday are:
• 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Clover Pass Community Church, 105 N Pt. Higgins Road.
• 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. The Place, 3544 Tongass Ave.; Ketchikan Gateway Borough offices, 1900 First Ave.; White Cliff Church, 1905 First Ave.; Good News Fellowship, 306 Mill St. (upstairs); South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department, 5591 S. Tongass Hwy.
• 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Lighthouse Church of God, 3405 Baranof Ave.
The theme for the day this year is “Lord pour out your Love, Life and Liberty.”
May I encourage all of us to take the time to gather together in unity and agreement bringing all of this to All Mighty God in prayer, our privilege.
Peggy Myers is a member of Cross-Nailed Ministries, and an attendee of Lighthouse Church of God
Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.