Presidential Proclamation National Day of Prayer 2019
Americans have always found power and unity through prayer. In 1988, the Congress, by Public Law 100-307, called on the President to issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a “National Day of Prayer.” Today, on this National Day of Prayer, we once again come together to give thanks to Almighty God for the bountiful blessings He has bestowed on our great Nation and to ask for His unfailing counsel. We also acknowledge our dependence on God’s love to guide our families, communities, and our country away from harm and toward abundance and peace.
Our Nation acknowledges that religious liberty is a natural right, given to us by our Creator, not a courtesy that government extends to us. The First Amendment recognizes the freedom of religion and safeguards this right against government infringement. The United States’ steadfast commitment to upholding religious freedom has ensured that people of different faiths can pray together and live in peace as fellow American citizens. We have no tolerance for those who disrupt this peace, and we condemn all hate and violence, particularly in our places of worship.
Throughout our Nation’s history, Americans have consistently turned to God for guidance at pivotal moments. In 1775, the Continental Congress first declared a day of prayer, asking American patriots throughout the colonies to pray in earnest for divine help in forming our Republic. Seventy-five years ago this June, President Franklin D. Roosevelt led the Nation in prayer as courageous Americans stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. He prayed: “Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor . . . Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.” Today, we also pray for strength for our Nation and our Armed Forces as we face new challenges at home and abroad.
Our Nation’s honored tradition of prayer has sustained us and strengthened our trust that God will continue to watch over and accompany us through the best of times and the darkest hours. May we as Americans never forget the power of prayer and the greatness of our Creator. On this National Day of Prayer, let each of us, according to our own faiths, call upon God for His guidance and express our gratitude for the love and grace He bestows on us and our country.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 2, 2019, as a National Day of Prayer. I invite the citizens of our Nation to pray, in accordance with their own faiths and consciences, in thanksgiving for the freedoms and blessings we have received, and for God’s guidance and continued protection as we meet the challenges before us.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
thirtieth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.
DONALD J. TRUMP
Give Him 15:
- Worship the Lord and thank Him for a nation that honors God, and where we can prayer freely.
- Offer gratitude for our many blessings and acknowledge our need for divine wisdom, guidance, and protection.
- Ask the Lord to continue to watch over America, continuing to grant us peace, prosperity, and freedom for all.
- Intercede over the things that divide us and ask the Lord to grant a grace to bring this nation into unity, which may only be attained in awakening and revival. Pray that the love of God compels the Church into our country’s harvest fields.
- Pray for President Donald J. Trump.
- Pray for National Day of Prayer gatherings and services throughout the day tomorrow, May 2nd.
A prayer you can pray:
God, You are great and greatly to be praised. The United States of America is a nation that honors You and looks to You. We are so thankful that we are still able to freely pray to You in the public square and anywhere we so choose. Lord, never let this right be taken from us. We are so grateful for the many blessings You have given us. You have blessed this nation to be a blessing to many other nations. We need Your watchful care, Divine wisdom, and direction. Lord, we are imperfect. We have allowed things into this country that are sinful. Please forgive us and turn these things around. Your Church is divided, make us one. Make us one, so we can bring healing to other divided areas of our culture. Make us one, so You can be seen in us! Give us revival, Lord. Awaken Your Church and thrust us into the harvest. Only then can thinking be aligned enough with Your Word that we can see rifts close and see godly legislation written. Protect and bless President Trump. He supports the cause of Christ and affirms our freedoms. We are thankful for him. Tomorrow, let this nation pray as only a Christian nation can. Fill the parks and churches and steps of government buildings with prayer for our cities, states, and nation. Let the world see that the United States of America honors the name of Jesus! Amen.
The Lord will bless our nation as He is honored from the highest office in our land!