A Call to Pray

by Sean Fitzpatrick '04

On Thursday, May 1, residents from local communities gathered in APU’s Upper Turner Campus Center (UTCC) for a service held by the San Gabriel Valley Ministerial Association to honor National Day of Prayer.

A look at U.S. history shows that prayer has played an important part since the nation’s founding by men with Christian morals, according to the National Day of Prayer website. In 1775, delegates of the Continental Congress called for prayer throughout the colonies as they faced decisions about the forming of a nation. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln declared a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer.” Harry Truman signed a law in 1952 declaring that one day a year be dedicated to prayer. Congress later revised the law in 1988 to set the first Thursday of every May to be the National Day of Prayer.

The event in UTCC provided an opportunity for members of the surrounding communities to come together at APU to pray. Members of the San Gabriel Valley Ministerial Association spoke to encourage the audience to pray for specific requests. After the speeches, attendees divided into small groups to pray for this year’s themes, which included family, church, local/state/national leaders, international affairs, and unity among believers.