Mayor proclaims National Prayer Day
Estherville Mayor Kenny Billings signed a proclamation declaring May 4 National Day of Prayer in Estherville, as in the United States.
“We want to make public prayer more prevalent, so it becomes another cornerstone of what makes Estherville such a great place to live,” Pastor Mike Drew of Crossroads Community Church said.
Pastor David Hovinga of Calvary Gospel Assembly said National Day of Prayer began with the dawn of the United States as the Continental Congress declared the first National Day of Prayer, asking the citizens to pray for God’s guidance in forming a new nation.
President Harry S. Truman, fulfilling a request of Congress, set aside one day each May as the National Day of Prayer. The first Thursday of each May was passed into law May 5, 1988.
The theme for 2017 is “For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear USForgive USHeal US!” and is based on Daniel 9:19 in the Old Testament of the Bible, “O, Lord, Listen, O Lord, forgive! O Lord, Hear and Act!”
Hovinga said, “It’s a day to pray for the nation, our leaders, the media, and all citizens.”
Ms. Anne Graham Lotz, a daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, is chair of the National Day of Prayer Task Force.
The National Day of Prayer belongs to all Americans. It is a day that transcends differences, bringing together citizens from all backgrounds, Lotz said on the National Day of Prayer website.
“Every year, local, state, and federal observances were held from sunrise in Maine to sunset in Hawaii, uniting Americans from all socio-economic, political and ethnic backgrounds in prayer for our nation,” Lotz said.
Drew suggested observers bring lawn chairs to the May 4 event.
“We aren’t expecting all the people attending to pray. We will have several pastors, each of whom will lead several minutes of prayer,” Drew said.
Billings will read the city proclamation as part of the event.
Hovinga said all are welcome to observe National Day of Prayer.