A Heritage of Prayer
As he proclaimed a National Day of Prayer, President Ronald Reagan shared a few stories from our heritage that can inspire us and give us direction. I’ve included them for you here.
The Beginning of Our Nation
So did they believe, those who gathered in Carpenters' Hall in Philadelphia in 1774, the members of the First Continental Congress. They had come together, in times that tried men's souls, to deliberate in the united interests of America and for our ‘civil and religious liberties.’”
A Great Tradition
‘I can hear the prayer,’ he said, of anyone ‘of piety and virtue who is . . . a friend to his country.’ He went on to suggest that a clergyman of a persuasion other than his own open the First Continental Congress with prayer.
And so it happened. Because Sam Adams gave voice to all the goodness, the genius, and the generosity that make up the American spirit, the First Continental Congress made its first act a prayer -- the beginning of a great tradition.”
Humble, Heartfelt Prayer
Let us join together, Americans all, throughout our land. Let us join together, in factories and farms, in homes and offices, in places of governance and places of worship, and in outposts everywhere that service men and women defend us. Let us, young and old, join together, as did the First Continental Congress, in the first step -- humble, heartfelt prayer. Let us do so for the love of God and His great goodness, in search of His guidance and the grace of repentance, in seeking His blessings, His peace, and the resting of His kind and holy hands on ourselves, our Nation, our friends in the defense of freedom, and all mankind, now and always.”
Source: National Day of Prayer 1988