That’s right! Obama didn’t host the National Day of Prayer at the White House. Not even 1 time at any time over his 8 years! That should say something! Actually, that should say A LOT!
On Thursday, May 4th, President Donald Trump will host a National Day of Prayer event at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed earlier this week that Trump will be taking part in the annual observance on Thursday, May 4th, as thousands of events are held nationwide.
The National Day of Prayer was established by law during the presidency of Harry S. Truman in 1952. The legislation called on the president to designate a day other than Sunday for the American people to gather in prayer for the nation.
In 1988, President Reagan signed an amendment to the law designating the first Thursday in May for the event.
The current chairperson of the National Day of Prayer is Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of evangelist Billy Graham. She took over the position last year from Shirley Dobson, who held the post for the previous 25 years.
Organizers are focusing on three key thoughts from the passages: “hear us … forgive us … heal us …,” Lotz explains in the video below.
“All of us can agree that our nation needs healing, and God promises to do so, but on the condition that we pray humbly, seek his face and turn from our own sin,” she says.
H/T Western Journalism:
In addiiton, on Thursday as part of the celebration of National Day of Prayer, President Trump is also expected to sign a religious freedom executive order. Trump campaigned on the promise to protect religious freedom. He also campaigned on the pledge to repeal the so-called “Johnson Amendment” that restricts churches from endorsing or opposing candidates for elected office.
As reported by Illinois Review:
“The first freedom in the Bill of Rights is religious freedom. America was born on the foundation of religious freedom and it is one of our most cherished liberties. There could be no better day to sign an executive order on religious freedom than the National Day of Prayer,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.
“This executive order will send a strong message to Congress and the rest of America that religious freedom must be protected. I believe we will see state legislatures take the lead to implement the protections of religious freedom much like the recent law passed in Kentucky and elsewhere,” said Staver.
As President, Donald Trump has the authority to set the priorities of the federal departments and agencies. He has the authority to reign in abuse and wrongful enforcement of laws and policies that undermine religious freedom. And he has the authority to set the tone for Congress and the states to protect religious freedom.
As reported by Western Journalism, Trump has a deep respect for the members of the clergy.
His spiritual adviser, Pastor Paula White, established an evangelical advisory board during his presidential campaign that has continued into his presidency and includes such prominent faith leaders as Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed, Bishop Harry Jackson, Bishop Darrell Scott, Pastor Robert Morris, Pastor David Jeremiah, televangelist James Robison, and Pastors Kenneth and Gloria Copeland.
Trump told CBN’s David Brody shortly after taking office that he “always felt the need to pray.”
He added that the presidency is “so powerful that you need God even more, because your decisions are no longer ‘Gee, I’m going to build a building in New York.’ These are decisions of massive life and death.”
“There is almost not a decision that you make when you’re sitting in this position that isn’t really life-altering, so God comes into it even more so.”
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“If ever we needed to pray for our nation – it’s now!” – Anne Graham Lotz
Join in prayer on May 4th! If you can’t make it to an event, spend a minute or two in prayer at noon on May 4th!
God Bless America!
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