National Day of Prayer: Thursday, May 4

By Paige Nash

“Pray Fervently in Righteousness” is the theme of this year’s upcoming National Day of Prayer. The theme is based on a scripture from the book of James, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” This nationwide event is to be observed on Thursday, May 4. 

According to the National Day of Prayer website, this day was first signed into law in 1952 by President Harry S. Truman and later amended by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, permanently designating the date as the first Thursday in May of every year.  

Every president since 1952 has signed a proclamation encouraging the nation to come together in prayer no matter your background, political party, or denomination. It is the one-day people are encouraged to set aside their differences and come together in Christ with their neighbors, schools, businesses, cities, parishes, state and nation. 

President of the National Day of Prayer Task Force Kathy Branzell wrote a special prayer for this year’s event. To see the full prayer, click here

There will be a few local National Day of Prayer events in the parish this year at the following locations: 

Geaux Fresh will be having a prayer meeting at the restaurant at 8:30 a.m.  

St. John’s Episcopal Church will be praying together at 10 a.m. at the church nave.  

North Acres Baptist Church will be holding a special program on Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m.