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4/26/13 at 04:17 PM 3 Comments

Prayer - It's Needed, It's Right and It's Legal!

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Author: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Joel Oster

My son recently came to me and asked me why a person would want to bomb innocent people running a race in Boston. Sometimes as dads, we just don’t have the right answer. If he had come to me for algebra help, I could save the day. If he needed a heavy object moved, I would be the man. If he needed help understanding girls, well … there’s always mom!

But sometimes, we as parents just don’t have the answers. The only thing we can do is take our cares and our concerns to our Heavenly Father. And yes, as a nation, we can also take our country to prayer as well. In 2 Chronicles 7:14, we read, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

On Thursday, May 2, 2013, people from all walks of life will be taking their heartfelt needs to God in prayer. Teachers, electricians, athletes, commercial real estate agents, public officials, mothers, bankers, doctors, and indeed Christians from all walks of life will be seeking the face of God. From the Boston Marathon bombing, to Sandy Hook, to North Korea, to our economy – we as a nation lack answers and we need guidance from our Heavenly Father.

We at the Alliance Defending Freedom encourage you to join with us, and the many others, in seeking Him on this special day. It’s needed. It’s right. And since we at the Alliance Defending Freedom specialize in constitutional litigation, let us also say – it’s legal!

Having a national day of fasting and prayer is as much a part of our national landscape as voting booths and majestic mountain peaks. In 1775, the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming this infant nation. In George Washington’s very first address as president, the first ever address by any president to this nation, he called this nation to a day of prayer. The call to prayer has continued throughout our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863.

In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, continued this tradition and declared an annual, national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, setting first Thursday of every May as the National Day of Prayer.

So don’t fall prey to those claims by groups seeking to destroy religion in America. Not everyone is proud of our religious heritage, and some wish to delete this day from our history books. Atheists have attacked a Hattiesburg, Mississippi town for planning a prayer observance this year on May 2. A few years ago, the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a federal lawsuit seeking to strike down the National Day of Prayer. But these attacks are baseless, and it is legal for all citizens, whether pastors, mayors or the president, to seek the aid of the Almighty on this special day.

If you are interested in protecting the National Day of Prayer, if you are concerned about the future of our nation, then the best way to protect the National Day of Prayer is to participate in the National Day of Prayer. So we invite you to find an event near you,, or if an event is not close, then by yourself or with another, join in the chorus of prayers on Thursday May 2, 2013 and let’s together seek His will.

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