National Day of Prayer events scheduled across Alabama

The 67th Annual National Day of Prayer will be observed Thursday. Across the country and the Yellowhammer State, people will unite in prayer for their community and country.
Over 50 prayer gatherings will take place across Alabama. In addition to the events taking place across the state, more than 35,000 prayer gatherings will be conducted by about 40,000 volunteers across the country.

The National Day of Prayer originated in 1952 after Congress passed a joint resolution and President Harry Truman signed a bill to establish an official celebration. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan designated the first Thursday of May as the annual observance for the National Day of Prayer, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. 

According to its website, the day “exists to communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer, to create appropriate materials, and to mobilize the Christian community to intercede for America’s leaders and its families.”
The theme for this year’s observance is ‘Pray for America – UNITY’ — based upon Ephesians 4:3 which reads, “Making every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.”

“We hope that you will join us in prayer and reflection this week for our nation and state. We will be praying for a renewed birth of spiritual awaking in our nation collectively and individually,” said the Eagle Forum of Alabama, which will join in celebrations across the state.