Prayer for our nation and our government is a vital part of our heritage as citizens. Churches across the United States are making plans to join with their communities to pray onThursday, May 2, during the National Day of Prayer. According to the website of the National Day of Prayer, the first call to prayer was issued in 1775 when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom as a nation was being formed. In 1863, President Lincoln issued a proclamation for a day of prayer. In 1952, Congress established a day of prayer and President Truman signed it into law. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed an amended law that set the first Thursday of May as an annual day of prayer.