For many Americans, the ability to gather, worship and pray are critical among the blessings offered by our free society. We recognize that this country was founded upon a bedrock of faith, and we understand the critical role that Divine Providence has played in our nation’s history – from the time our forebears first set foot on these shores to the present day. All of the achievements that define the American dream, from gleaming cities and busy byways to our equitable legal system and stable government, are a reflection of the faith-based ideals and spiritual convictions of the people. In the words of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, “Without God, there could be no American form of government nor any American way of life.”
From its earliest colonial days right on through to the 21st century, America has always been a nation steeped in faith - spiritual roots that must be embraced, celebrated and cherished. Her citizens, leaders and institutions have consistently acknowledged that freedom and democracy are blessings passed down directly from the hand of Providence. This reliance on Almighty God has sustained us in periods of turmoil and given us comfort during times of uncertainty. Collectively, we know that we have not been left to our own devices. We find peace and encouragement in the assurance that our destiny as a nation lies in the hands of the Creator of the universe, and that we can call upon His name, through His son Jesus Christ.
One of the most abiding indicators of America’s reliance on God over the years has been her commitment to prayer. As men and women of faith, we have long understood the importance of bringing our requests before Him. We do so not only to express our needs, but also to bow in both repentance and adoration. During his second Inaugural Address on March 4, 1893, President Grover Cleveland summarized our nation’s commitment to prayer by saying: “Above all, I know there is a Supreme Being who rules the affairs of men and whose goodness and mercy have always followed the American people, and I know He will not turn from us now if we humbly and reverently seek His powerful aid.”
In recognition of the fact that Almighty God continues to shed His grace on the United States, we urge Americans everywhere to come before Him corporately in earnest prayer. In so doing, may we thank Him for the blessings He has freely bestowed upon us; petition Him for direction and sustenance as we confront the challenges ahead; and acknowledge, in the sight of every nation on earth, our conviction that freedom and liberty are gifts of inestimable worth, handed down directly to us by our loving Creator. It is time to Wake Up America and to submit ourselves before the King of kings in repentance. May He hear our prayers, forgive our sin and heal our land.
May God bless you and may God bless America!
National Day of Prayer Task Force