CROWLEY – “A day of solemn humiliation, fasting and prayer during which all citizens of all faiths come together and pray that our country may be protected from all dangers which threaten it.”
This designation explains the reason behind the National Day of Prayer, which was issued by the Continental Congress in 1775.
This day in history, which we remember today, was made official in 1952, celebrated each year on the first Thursday of May. The chosen theme for the 58th annual National Day of Prayer is “Prayer..America’s Hope,” which is based on the Bible verse from Psalm 33:22 which states: “May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.”
Reverend Roger Tarver of the First Baptist Church of Crowley, stresses the importance of this special day by these words, “We are praying that believers across the national line will come together at this time. There has never been a more important need for prayer than today.”
“I also pray that the National Day of Prayer this year will be the beginning for a city wide revival. Hopefully, the barriers that separate God’s children will be broken down,” Rev. Tarver conveyed.
Reverend Tarver also sends an open invitation to a special Day of Prayer Meeting, to be held at 7 a.m. at First Baptist Church this morning, located at 228 East Fourth Street in Crowley.
Often times, issues of government involvement with religion are disputed because of the Establishment clause in the First Amendment. While the free-exercise clause allows for this type of event to be organized by non-governmental bodies, the U.S. Congress may not pass any laws enforcing religious observances.
One of the Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, wrote on this subject: “Fasting and prayer are religious exercises; the enjoining them an act of discipline. Every religious society has a right to determine for itself the time for these exercises, and the objects proper for them, according to their own particular tenets; and right can never be safer than in their hands, where the Constitution deposited it..civil powers have been given to the President of the United States and no authority to direct the religious exercises of his constituents.”
A celebration in the city of Crowley will be held this evening at the Rice Festival Building on West Mill Street at 6:30 p.m. Tonight’s ceremony will pay special tribute to military troops, city officials, school youth, churches and residents of Crowley. Churches of all denominations are welcome to attend this ceremony.