National Day of Prayer: A reminder to love

By Shannon Johnson

On Thursday, May 2, 2019 you can tune in to watch the live observance of the National Day of Prayer from Sanctuary Hall in Washington D.C. at 5:30 p.m. local time. The Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers and spiritual leaders including Julio Arriola, Ronnie Floyd, Reverend Anthony B. Thompson, Jay and Diane Strack, Sammy Rodriguez, Nick Hall, Andrew and Norine Brunson will lead the nation in prayer and praise.

The theme of this year’s National Day of Prayer is a reminder that everyone can use from time to time and it couldn’t be a more appropriate time for our country to keep this simple yet all encompassing value at the forefront of our mind. “Love One Another”, a theme based off the words of Jesus cited in the Bible verse John 13:34, “Love one another. Just as I have loved you.”

In 1952 the National Day of Prayer was created by a resolution of Congress and was signed into law by the President at that time, President Harry S. Truman. This law was amended in 1988 by the House and the Senate before President Ronald Reagan signed it into law on Thursday, May 5, 1988 declaring the first Thursday of May as the National Day of Prayer. A National Day of Prayer proclamation has been signed by every president since President Truman in 1952.

The message of 2019’s National Day of Prayer calls for us to come together and exercise love, patience, and compassion just as Jesus has. The nation is encouraged to join together on May 2, and down our differences in unity in prayer, praise and love and to carry the practice of love throughout our 2019 and beyond.