In coordination with the 62nd National Day of Prayer, Governor Jan Brewer today proclaimed May 2, 2013, an "Arizona Day of Prayer."
"As Americans, prayer is one of our most unifying and universal traditions," said Governor Brewer. "Transcending faith, race, creed and custom, the power of prayer has guided our nation through all of its trials and tribulations. With this proclamation, I am honored to once again honor this fundamental freedom. I invite all Arizonans to join me in recognizing our countless blessings, and to offer a prayer for the men and women in uniform who keep our state and nation safe from harm."
The first public call to prayer was issued in 1775 when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation. In 1952, President Truman signed legislation proclaiming that a National Day of Prayer must be declared by each subsequent President on an appropriate date of his/her choice. Today, our country celebrates this historic day on the first Thursday of each May.
This year's theme, "Pray for America," is based upon Matthew 12:21: "In His name the nations will put their hope."
"With the pain of the recent terror attack on Boston still fresh in our minds, I cannot think of a more fitting Scripture to commemorate," said Governor Brewer. "Prayer has helped our country through some of its darkest hours. Now, more than ever, let us lean on its power for healing and strength.