National Day of Prayer

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Today is National Day of Prayer in America. We all know that prayers are  powerful and that in times like this we really have to lean on our Lord and Provider. In 1988, the US congress set the first Thursday of May as National Day of Prayer. Here is how President Barack Obama's goverment views this day:

The National Day of Prayer White House event is history -- for now.

The White House has announced that President Obama will sign a proclamation on the National Day of Prayer, to be held on Thursday, but will not hold any sort of event. This marks a return to the practice of presidents before George W. Bush, who hosted religious leaders for a ceremony in honor of the day.

Conservative Christian leaders who popularized the event are regarding it at a snub, calling it a "boycott." ... During the Bush administration, the first Thursday in May -- the National Day of Prayer, as mandated by Congress -- included a ceremony in the White House East Room with prominent evangelicals. It was headed by Shirley Dobson, wife of Focus on the Family founder James Dobson.

There's no White House ceremony this year.


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