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Day of Prayer is May 6

Prayer is and has been an important part of America's history, reflecting the faith of our founding fathers. Dependence on God has provided a bedrock of faith on which the United States was founded and which still operates today. Actually, it predates our Constitution. The Continental Congress called for a day of prayer in 1776.

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln wrote these words, "that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord." His prayers had a profound influence on the period of history when in 1863 the Civil War had gone on for two years. Prayer resulted in the protection of the Union army at Gettysburg. Many incidents like this pointed future American leaders to call to prayer, not as a last resort, but as a first response.

In 1952, President Truman signed a joint resolution of Congress establishing an annual national day of prayer, followed by President Reagan in 1988 designating that the first Thursday of May become the set day for National Day of Prayer to be observed by our president and our elected officials.

There are many things that have crept into our country that are not according to God's word, so as a nation we must come together to humble ourselves as the Lord calls us to intercessory prayer on behalf of our city, state and our national leaders on Thursday, May 6. We have the opportunity to join in prayer at Faith Lutheran Church, 24688 County Highway 6, Detroit Lakes at 7 p.m. -- Lorraine Halvorson, Detroit Lakes