Obama Proclaims May 3 as National Day of Prayer

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President Obama has issued a proclamation making Thursday, May 3, America's annual National Day of Prayer.

The document calls on Americans to pray for all U.S. troops and their families. It also says America "protects the religious freedom of all people."    

The National Day of Prayer Task Force said tens of thousands of prayer events are scheduled across the country Thursday. This year, tere's a 35 percent increase in scheduled prayer events.

Tomorrow marks the 61st annual National Day of Prayer, which was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress.

In 1988, President Reagan designated the first Thursday of May as the annual observance. As they do each year, Americans will gather in Washington, D.C., and in towns and cities all over the country to pray for the nation.

This year's theme, "One Nation Under God" emphasizes the biblical truth found in Psalm 33:12, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord."

Shirley Dobson, chair of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, spoke more about this year's event and it's theme, on "The 700 Club," May 2. Click play to watch that interview.

CBN News Reporter Charlene Israel spoke with Bishop Harry Jackson, with the International Communion of Evangelical Churches, about the day and America's spiritual condition. Watch that interview below.

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