As the flood water begins to subside in Houston, other parts of southern Texas are still under water and now Louisiana is being hit. The search and rescue efforts are now recovery efforts as Houston and other parts of Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey begin to take in the full devastation of the storm. Now President Trump has joined Texas Governor Greg Abbott in calling for a National Day of Prayer on September 3rd.
Today is the National Day of Prayer and President Trump took advantage of the day to sign an executive order protecting religious liberty. The executive order focused on the Johnston Amendment in an effort to weaken its strangle hold on churches and other religious organizations.
Today is the 65th annual National Day of Prayer. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863.