National Day of Prayer breakfast

2009 National Day of Prayer - File photo
2009 National Day of Prayer - File photo

Prattville – The City of Prattville will observe the National Day of Prayer with a breakfast sponsored by Mayor Jim Byard, Jr., and the Prattville Christian Ministries’ Fellowship at Doster Community Center on Thursday, May 7, 2009. Guest speakers for this year’s program are Bobby Humphrey, former running back for the University of Alabama, Mrs. Beth Moore, Honorary National Prayer Day Chairperson, and various ministers of the community.

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was officially created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.

Many years before that, however, the Continental Congress issued a day of prayer in 1775 to designate “a time for prayer in forming a new nation.” Then during the undeclared war fought at sea between the U. S. and France, President John Adams declared May 9, 1798 as “a day of solemn humiliation, fasting, and prayer,” during which citizens of all faiths were asked to pray “that our country may be protected from all of the dangers which threaten it.”

“I urge our citizens to join me as we come together as Christians to pray for our City, our State, and our Nation,” said Mayor Byard. During the program, prayer will be offered for our government officials, our education system, our businesses, our churches, the media, our military, and our families.

The serving line opens at 6:45 a.m., with the hour long program beginning at 7:00 a.m. Tickets are $8.00 and are available at local churches, as well as the Mayor’s office.

Article by Melissa Parker

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