‘Pray for America – Unity’ National Day of Prayer theme
PRAY FOR AMERICA – UNITY, is the theme of the National Day of Prayer to be held Thursday, May 3.
Ronnie Floyd, president of the National Day of Prayer, said the theme based upon Ephesians 4:3, which challenges believers to mobilize unified public prayer for America, “Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, said natural disasters, racial unrest, the worst mass murder in U.S. history, and political division in the nation is “beyond anything that any of us have ever seen in our generation.”
“We have to admit this: America is broken. Division is undeniable. Racial tension is alarming. Lawlessness abounds. Reconciliation appears impossible. Government cannot fix it. Politics will not heal it. And the spirit of the age is ruling all over this nation,” Floyd said.
Nothing “the culture and its dark, hopeless condition is the perfect backdrop to call America to unity,” Floyd urges believers across the nation to do everything they can to call people in the U.S. to unite in public prayer.
The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was unanimously amended by both the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on Thursday, May 5, 1988, designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer. Every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.
For more information on the National Day of Prayer and how to get involved visit nationaldayofprayer.org.