CONGRESSMAN HALL STATEMENT ON NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
Dating back as far as the Continental Congress, leaders of our Nation have called for designated prayer times to help develop as well as rejuvenate our country. In 1952 an act of Congress, signed by President Truman, officially established what we know today as the National Day of Prayer. I was proud to join President Reagan in 1988 as Congress amended the law designating the first Thursday of May each year as the National Day of Prayer.
"Leaders in Washington have a unique opportunity to remember the principles on which our country was founded. On Capitol Hill, there are many opportunities for us to pray, and share our faith with others at congressional prayer breakfasts and other events.
"I wholeheartedly support prayer in schools and know that prayer is needed always, especially now in this critical time in our nation's history. I am also very pleased that President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush acknowledge that they start their day with prayer.
"This year's National Day of Prayer theme, "Prayer! America's Strength and Shield," is taken from Psalm 28:7, "The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped." Mary Ellen and I want to take the opportunity to encourage you to join us in praying for our Nation on Thursday May 1st and each day thereafter. May God continue to bless you, your family and this great Nation."
2008 Prayer for Our Nation
Dr. Ravi Zacharias
2008 Honorary Chairman, National Day of Prayer Task Force
Holy Father, in a world where so many are hungry,
You have given us food in abundance;
In a world where so many are hurting,
You offer to bind up our wounds;
In a world where so many are lonely,
You offer friendship to every heart;
In a world longing for peace,
You offer hope.
Yet, we are so stubborn and resistant.
Have mercy upon us, Lord.
Our nation is at a crossroads this year;
we look to you to be our strength and shield.
Please give us the guidance to elect one who will honor you
and to respond to the wisdom from above
so that our hope may be renewed and our blessings be treasured.
In God's holy name.