For 68 years, on the first Thursday in May, Americans have observed the National Day of Prayer. As the country continues to grapple with the fallout of the coronavirus and faces an uncertain road to recovery, it has never been more appropriate to pray for the health and well-being of our nation.
The National Day of Prayer is intentionally nonsectarian and nonpolitical. Its only goal is to mobilize public prayer for God’s blessing on America. In recent years, Americans have observed the day with local prayer breakfasts, prayer vigils, and flagpole gatherings. Although public commemorations have been canceled or moved online this year, Americans still have much to pray about.
The road to normalcy will be long, and there are lingering questions on how to balance health concerns with getting the country back to work. On this National Day of Prayer, here are five segments of the American population to pray for particularly:
First, we should pray for our government leaders. Over the last two months, local, state, and federal officials have had to make difficult decisions related to public health and safety. President Trump and state and local officials need wisdom as they work to reopen the country’s economy without expediting the spread of the virus.
Second, we should pray for healthcare workers. Doctors, nurses, and EMTs have worked long shifts and braved dangerous environments to care for those suffering from the virus. We should pray for their safety and the safety of their families. Also, pray for those working to develop cures and vaccines.