“And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” -Ronald Reagan
The Antelope Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to our first ever National Day of Prayer. It will be held on May 4, 2023, from 7:00 am -10:00 am at the AV Country Club.
During a time in which there is so much going on, this Nation needs to return to prayer. Our Forefathers knew of the importance of implementing prayer in government, business, and family. National days of prayer are embedded in our history. David Closson of The Family Research Council provides a glimpse of this in his article (frc.org, 2020):
Americans have called for national prayer in times of crisis since 1775, when the Continental Congress designated a day to pray for the new Nation. George Washington observed a day of "fasting, humiliation, and prayer" in 1779, and in the formative years of the nation, Presidents John Adams, James Madison, and Abraham Lincoln all called their fellow citizens to prayer.
The modern iteration of the National Day of Prayer was first observed in 1952. Evangelist Billy Graham sensed a widespread desire for prayer as America found itself involved in another war. Congress heeded his recommendation, and President Harry Truman signed the resolution into law. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed an amendment that designated the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer.
Christians believe that one of the greatest acts of faith is prayer (Eph. 6:18). In fact, the Bible encourages us to pray and teaches that God delights in the prayers of the faithful (Proverbs 15:86). Jesus said, "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7). It is always appropriate to call on God in prayer. This is especially true in these challenging times, and on a day designated by our national leaders for public prayer. So let us spend this National Day of Prayer asking God for the things our country desperately needs: wisdom, leadership, healing, safety, and unity.
We feel it is important for our leaders in the Antelope Valley to come together on one accord to praise our God and ask for guidance with the stewardship of our region. We hope that you can join us to help reflect the unification of those of the faith that know the sovereignty of our God. We hope to see you there.
Antelope Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
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