The National Day of Prayer Task Force is taking the country to task as the 62nd annual observance of the National Day of Prayer approaches.
In a news release announcing the day, which is Thursday, the task force calls for Americans to “unite in direct opposition to the attacks on religious freedom.”
“It will be the largest National Day of Prayer on record,” the release says. “Individuals are being asked to pray, petition and be a voice of reason at such a critical hour in our nation’s history.”
Locally, the observance will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the Bulloch County Courthouse. This is the 12th annual gathering there, said Ed Neubert, the local National Day of Prayer chairman.
The national task force’s announcement of the observance starts by asking, “How far have we digressed as a nation?”
The release then recounts several moments in history in which Americans invoked God and the Bible.
“In 1620, William Bradford and the brave men and women of faith aboard the Mayflower declared America to be ‘for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith,’” the release says, quoting the Mayflower Compact.
The task force also cites George Washington, who said in his farewell address after serving as the nation’s first president that religion and morality are “indispensable supports” and the “pillars of human happiness.”
Pastor Greg Laurie, the 2013 honorary chairman of the National Day of Prayer, has written a prayer that will be read throughout the country at noon Eastern time.
The theme for this year is “Pray for America,” which the task force says emphasizes “the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities and men.”
The National Day of Prayer has been designated by law as the first Thursday in May and dates back to 1775, when the Continental Congress set aside a day of prayer.