National Day of Prayer

“Prayer” by Essam Saad is licensed under CC BY 2.0

President Trump acknowledged the Day of Prayer by issuing an executive order on religious freedom.

Today is the National Day of Prayer. The National Day of Prayer goes all the way back to April 17, 1952, when President Harry Truman signed a bill proclaiming the National Day of Prayer into law. President Ronald Reagan designated the first Thursday of May every year at the National Day of Prayer in 1988. In 1972, the National Prayer Committee was formed, which created the National Day of Prayer Task Force, which arranges and organizes events for the National Day of Prayer.

Today, President Trump, in the interest of religious freedom, announced an executive order that “would expand government grants to and partnerships with faith-based groups,” according to the Washington Post. “A top faith adviser to Trump said the aim was a culture change producing fewer conversations about church-state barriers,” wrote Sarah Pulliam Bailey and Michelle Boorstein of WP. The president tweeted about the proclamation, which was made during the National Day of Prayer Service at the Rose Garden in the White House.


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