Today marks the 62nd Annual National Day of Prayer. This year’s theme is, “Pray For America.” Millions all over the nation will gather to pray for our great country. In the wake of all the tragedies that our nation has faced this past year… the shooting at the movie theater in Colorado last summer, the devastating massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut and most recently the horrific bombing at The Boston Marathon, our nation needs prayer more than ever right now.
Matthew 12:21: “In His name the nations will put their hope” is the chosen scripture to highlight the theme this year. Very fitting. Regardless of what your background, religion or beliefs may be, this is a day of prayer for everyone of every faith. “In times of hardship and tragedy, and in periods of peace and prosperity, prayer has provided reassurance, sustenance, and affirmation of common purpose. 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. Their pain is a shared pain, and their hope a shared hope. Regardless of religion or creed, Americans reflect on the sacredness of life and express their sympathy for the wounded, offering comfort and holding up a light in an hour of darkness.” –President Barack Obama