A community-wide observance of the 64th Annual National Day of Prayer for the citizens of Roanoke, Trophy Club, and Westlake and surrounding areas will be held on May 7 at 12 noon at the Trophy Club Clock Tower located at the town’s main entrance. The event will be filled with prayer for our nation and its governmental leaders, military, media, businesses, schools, churches and families.
The Roanoke Fire Department Honor Guard will present the colors, members of the Roanoke VFW Post No. 5074 will lead the attendees in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, and music and prayer will be heard as the participating pastors and laity lead this outdoor event. In addition, local officials will present proclamations officially declaring a Day of Prayer in their respective municipalities.
This year’s theme is Lord, Hear Our Cry, based on 1Kings 8:28 which says: “Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in Your presence this day.” Thousands of similar prayer events will be happening all across the country in churches, parks and on courthouse steps. For one day out of the year, we can join with millions of other Americans in bringing light and hope to our country through the power of prayer to Almighty God.
About the National Day of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation. The call to prayer has continued throughout America’s history both in times of conflict and peace, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. In 1952, President Harry S. Truman signed a joint resolution with Congress that declared an annual observance of the National Day of Prayer. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan amended the law to permanently set the day as the first Thursday of every May.