President Washington declared a National Day of Prayer, as did President John Adams when France threatened war, President Madison during the War of 1812, President Tyler when the previous president died, and President Taylor during a cholera epidemic. President Buchanan proclaimed a Day of Prayer to avert civil strife, as did President Lincoln during the Civil War, President (Andrew) Johnson when Lincoln was shot and President Woodrow Wilson during World War I. In 1952, President Truman made the National Day of Prayer an annual event, stating: “In times of national crisis when we are striving to strengthen the foundations of peace...we stand in special need of Divine support.” President Ronald Reagan stated: “Americans in every generation have turned to their Maker in prayer.  We have acknowledged both our dependence on Almighty God and the help He offers us as individuals and as a Nation.” (from The American Minute, by Bill Federer) In 1988 President Reagan made the first Thursday in May the National Day of Prayer. This Thursday, May 9, pray for our Country, our President, our Congress. But how can we expect God to change anything if we are not willing to change ourselves?  Our first prayer should be to ask God to change us, change our heart, and lead us back to being and doing what HE wants us to be and do.
Myron Blaine
Hannibal, Mo.