Boonville citizens participated in the National Day of Prayer Thursday at the Boonville City Council Chambers lobby with over 20 individuals in attendance. Because of the rain, the original plan to hold the event outside was deterred, so the event moved indoors.
According to nationaldayofprayer.org, 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 created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. The Prayer Task Force, who sponsors the day of prayer is a privately funded organization whose purpose is to encourage participation. It exists to communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer, to create appropriate materials and to mobilize the Christian community to intercede for America’s leaders and its families. The Task Force represents a Judeo Christian expression of the national observance, based on the understanding that this country was birthed in prayer and in reverence for the God of the Bible.
In Boonville prayer began once everyone gathered in a circle and held hands. Prayers consisted of thankfulness and hope for the future of the country.
Like Thanksgiving or Christmas, this day has become a national observance placed on all Hallmark calendars and observed annually across the nation and in Washington, D.C. Every year, local, state and federal observances are held from sunrise in Maine to sunset in Hawaii joining Americans from all socio-economic, political and ethnic backgrounds in prayer for the nation. According to nationaldayofprayer.org, it estimates that over two million people attended more than 30,000 observances, which were organized by approximately 40,000 volunteers.
The website states that the importance of the The National Day of Prayer has great significance for the nation as it enables it to recall and to teach the way in which the nation’s founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions.