The National Day of Prayer is today. Since 1952, Congress has marked the first Thursday in May as a day where people can gather together and pray. Today, many people have gathered together to observe a day that is in danger of being removed.
Last month, a Wisconsin judge, Judge Crab, deemed the days as a violation of the First Amendment. According to As faithful unite, National Day of Prayer divides, this ruling was ignited when a group by the name of Freedom From Religion Foundation “claimed that the prayer day violates the First Amendment’s clause prohibiting Congress from establishing a state religion.” Yet, many people have fought back. One of the people who fought back was President Obama. While he will not be officially observing the day at the White House, his administration did appeal the judge’s ruling.
Some may say that there should not be any day where the government promotes praying. If we are to remove The National Day of Prayer, then pretty soon perhaps Christmas will no longer be a federal holiday. After all, despite the fact that worldly traditions are a big part of Christmas, the root of Christmas is still in Jesus Christ. We can’t remove religion from our country. As far as Congress establishing a State Religion, the National Day of Prayer does nothing of the sort. We, as Americans, have the right to pray whenever we want. We have the right to choose our religion yet this does not mean that our country should be free from religion. Some people seem to want there to be no religion. As chairwoman Shirley Dobson says in National Day of Prayer is on, despite court ruling, “The National Day of Prayer provides an opportunity for all Americans to pray voluntarily according to their own faith – it does not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.”
As a Christian, I think we need as much prayer as we can get. The National Day of Prayer is a good reminder to those of us who haven’t been praying enough to pray. This is a day for people of all religions to come together and pray for one another. It should not be a day that divides the country. As President Obama suggested, if you don’t want to pray at least give thanks.
How about if everyday is a National Day of Prayer? Today and everyday, spend a few minutes praying for those you love and those you might not love but still need prayer. Here is my prayer: Dear God, Thank you for allowing me to live in a country that is free. Thank you for providing for my family and giving us a home, jobs and health. I ask you to continue to watch over us and bless us. Finally, thank you for your Son’s sacrifice on the cross. Amen.
Linda Feldmann National Day of Prayer is on, despite court ruling Christian Science Monitor
Sam Hodges As faithful unite, National Day of Prayer divides Dallas News