By Roy Harryman
In the aftermath of a shocking local shooting and with world tensions on the rise, Christians from multiple denominations will gather at Lee’s Summit City Hall to pray for our nation at noon on Thursday, May 1.
As part of the National Day of Prayer, believers will transcend denominational boundaries to seek God on behalf of our families, community, nation and world. Each year, Americans from numerous Christian traditions unite to pray on this special day, now in its 63rd year.
This hour-long event will feature music, a short message from local pastors and prayer. The National Day of Prayer is open to all.
“Americans disagree about many things, but I think we can all agree that our city, nation and world are facing challenges that are too big for us,” said Pastor Phil Hopper of Abundant Life, one of the churches to be represented. “Chronic problems such as violence – including a horrific local shooting in Overland Park – persistent unemployment and the breakdown of families have eluded our human efforts to solve them. Prayer is humbling ourselves before God to ask for his help and to align ourselves with his purposes.”
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 U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was amended to read as follows: “The President of the United States shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals.”
President Barack Obama’s proclamation in 2013 said: “Prayer brings communities together and can be a wellspring of strength and support. In the aftermath of senseless acts of violence, the prayers of countless Americans signal to grieving families and a suffering community that they are not alone.”
More information on the national effort is available at www.nationaldayofprayer.org.