President Obama Issues National Day of Prayer Proclamation

Posted on April 30, 2011


April 30, 2011 12:50 PM

After taking considerable flak for not issuing an Easter proclamation, President Obama has just released a proclamation for the 2011 National Day of Prayer. The proclamation comes just about a week before the hotly-contested National Day of Prayer on May 5.
In 2010, a Wisconsin federal judge struck down the National Day of Prayer as unconstitutional. But on April 14, a U.S. appeals court overruled the decision. The ruling cleared the way for Obama to release his prayer day proclamation.
Here is the text of Obama’s proclamation:
Throughout our history, Americans have turned to prayer for strength, inspiration, and solidarity.
Prayer has played an important role in the American story and in shaping our Nation’s leaders. President Abraham Lincoln once said, “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for the day.” The late Coretta Scott King recounted a particularly difficult night, during the Montgomery bus boycott, when her husband, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., received a threatening phone call and prayed at the kitchen table, saying, “Lord, I have nothing left. I have nothing left. I have come to the point where I can’t face it alone.” Dr. King said, in that moment of prayer, he was filled with a sense of comfort and resolve, which his wife credited as a turning point in the civil rights movement.
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SOURCE: Charisma News Online
Jennifer LeClaire
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