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May 1, 2019

Presidential Proclamation National Day of Prayer 2019

This is President Trump’s 2018 Proclamation:

On this National Day of Prayer, we join together to offer gratitude for our many blessings and to acknowledge our need for divine wisdom, guidance, and protection. Prayer, by which we affirm our dependence on God, has long been fundamental to our pursuit of freedom, peace, unity, and prosperity. Prayer sustains us and brings us comfort, hope, peace, and strength. Therefore, we must cherish our spiritual foundation and uphold our legacy of faith.

Prayer has been a source of guidance, strength, and wisdom since the founding of our Republic. When the Continental Congress gathered in Philadelphia to contemplate freedom from Great Britain, the delegates prayed daily for guidance. Their efforts produced the Declaration of Independence and its enumeration of the self-evident truths that we all cherish today. We believe that all men and women are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Prayer sustained us and gave us the strength to endure the sacrifices and suffering of the American Revolution and to temper the triumph of victory with humility and gratitude. Notably, as one of its first acts, our newly formed Congress appointed chaplains of the House of Representatives and Senate so that all proceedings would begin with prayer.

As a Nation, we have continued to seek God in prayer, including in times of conflict and darkness. At the height of World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called for prayer “for the vision to see our way clearly ‑‑ to see the way that leads to a better life for ourselves and for all our fellow men ‑‑ and to the achievement of His will to peace on earth.” Decades later, following one of the darkest days in our Nation’s history, President George W. Bush offered this prayer for our heartbroken country, mourning the precious souls who perished in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001: “We ask Almighty God to watch over our Nation, and grant us patience and resolve in all that is to come. We pray that He will comfort and console those who now walk in sorrow. We thank Him for each life we now must mourn, and the promise of a life to come.”

America has known peace, prosperity, war, and depression ‑‑ and prayer has sustained us through it all. May our Nation and our people never forget the love, grace, and goodness of our Maker, and may our praise and gratitude never cease. On this National Day of Prayer, let us come together…to thank God for His many blessings and ask for His continued guidance and strength.

In 1988, the Congress, by Public Law 100-307, as amended, called on the President to 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.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim (the first Thursday in May) as a National Day of Prayer. I encourage all Americans to observe this day, reflecting on the blessings our Nation has received and the importance of prayer, with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities in their houses of worship, communities, and places of work, schools, and homes.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this (first Thursday) of May…

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP

Give Him 15:

  1. Worship the Lord and thank Him for a nation that honors God, and where we can prayer freely.

  2. Offer gratitude for our many blessings and acknowledge our need for divine wisdom, guidance, and protection.

  3. Ask the Lord to continue to watch over America, continuing to grant us peace, prosperity, and freedom for all.

  4. Intercede over the things that divide us and ask the Lord to grant a grace to bring this nation into unity, which may only be attained in awakening and revival. Pray that the love of God compels the Church into our country’s harvest fields.

  5. Pray for President Donald J. Trump.

  6. Pray for National Day of Prayer gatherings and services throughout the day tomorrow, May 2nd.

A prayer you can pray:

God, You are great and greatly to be praised. The United States of America is a nation that honors You and looks to You. We are so thankful that we are still able to freely pray to You in the public square and anywhere we so choose. Lord, never let this right be taken from us. We are so grateful for the many blessings You have given us. You have blessed this nation to be a blessing to many other nations. We need Your watchful care, Divine wisdom, and direction. Lord, we are imperfect. We have allowed things into this country that are sinful. Please forgive us and turn these things around. Your Church is divided, make us one. Make us one, so we can bring healing to other divided areas of our culture. Make us one, so You can be seen in us! Give us revival, Lord. Awaken Your Church and thrust us into the harvest. Only then can thinking be aligned enough with Your Word that we can see rifts close and see godly legislation written. Protect and bless President Trump. He supports the cause of Christ and affirms our freedoms. We are thankful for him. Tomorrow, let this nation pray as only a Christian nation can. Fill the parks and churches and steps of government buildings with prayer for our cities, states, and nation. Let the world see that the United States of America honors the name of Jesus! Amen.

Today’s decree:

The Lord will bless our nation as He is honored from the highest office in our land!