The annual National Day of Prayer occurs on Thursday, May 7, as people across America are invited to pray for our nation and the world. The theme for this year’s NDP is “Pray God’s Glory Across the Earth,” which feels especially fitting as our world attempts to fight and come to grips with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beginning in 1952, the National Day of Prayer (NDP) was established as annual event, and in 1988 President Ronald Regan designated it to fall on the first Thursday in May. There have been 69 Presidential Proclamations for a NDP. This year, the Presidential Prayer Team has created an Official Prayer Guide for the National Day of Prayer.
The national observance will begin virtually at 8 pm EDT, featuring well-known faith leaders such as Christian musician Michael W. Smith and Will Graham, grandson of Rev. Billy Graham and son of Franklin Graham. There will also be several observances across North Carolina. Most are occurring virtually, but a few will be conducted in person in small, socially distanced groups. To find prayer events in your area, visit the NDP’s Find an Event page. Most of the events in North Carolina run throughout the morning and afternoon, and conclude in time for the national observance at 8pm ET.