BY MELANIE BUCK –
Thursday, May 7, marks the 64th annual National Day of Prayer where millions of people will gather to pray at thousands of events facilitated by volunteers. 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 2015 theme for is Lord, Hear Our Cry, “emphasizing 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.” To further highlight their theme, they have chosen I Kings 8:28 as their Scripture for 2015: “Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.”
Polk County will observe the day on the Courthouse Lawn at noon on Thursday. In case of rain, the event will be held at the First Baptist Church in Mena.
In an article by Lance Wubbles of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, he said, “Today, the need for prayer is as great as ever. Our nation again faces battlefields, along with an epidemic of broken homes, violence, sexual immorality, and social strife. As the heroes of our nation did in the past, we must again bow our heads in prayer. We must ask the Lord to bless our leaders with wisdom and protection, and that we will have the fortitude to overcome the challenges at hand. If Esther, Mordecai, Roosevelt, the Pilgrims, and Lincoln never underestimated the power of prayer, neither should we. Join the prayer movement at www.nationaldayofprayer.org.”