Today is the National Day of Prayer and all over the United States, people are gathering together to pray, including on Capitol Hill. The theme of this year's Day of Prayer is "Love One Another," an allusion to "Love one another as I have loved you" (John 13:34), the new commandment Jesus gave to his disciples.
At 11 am ET, the services began with President Trump and the First Lady leading the celebration in the White House Rose Garden.
The modern law formalizing the annual observance was enacted in 1952, although earlier days of fasting and prayer had been established by the Second Continental Congress from 1775 until 1783, and by President John Adams in 1798 and 1799.
Yesterday (Wednesday) night about one hundred people – religious leaders, Trump administration officials, and their guests – celebrated the "power of prayer" at the White House in preparation for the Day of Prayer itself.
Also preluding the National Day of Prayer was a 90-hour non-stop Bible reading marathon. A group of volunters set up in front of the Capitol Building for the prayer marathon. About 400 people from around the country participated this year. This Bible reading is an annual tradition dating back to 1990.
Keith Davidson, founder of Seedline International and leader of this year's Bible-reading marathon, confirmed that the Bible reading contiuned through the wee hours of the night. "We had a lady last night that was on standby from Alabama and flew in just to read, and she left back out at 6 am this morning."
Davidson pointed to the Bible readings in many languages including Farsi, Russian, and Chinese.
Throughout last night's and today's proceedings, President Trump called on Americans to use the power of prayer to end violence and protect religious liberty.
Vice-President Pence who spoke at the National Day of Prayer cited God's promise to Solomon: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land" (2nd Chronicles 7:14). These words served as the theme of Corsi Nation's International Day of Repentance last October 13.
A video of the entire event, including speakers and prayer leaders, can be viewed at WhiteHouse.gov.