Today (Thursday) marks the 65th observance of the National Day of Prayer. In recognition, the Clayton Town Council and Mayor Jody McLeod has proclaimed May 5th as National Day of Prayer in the Town of Clayton.
Mayor McLeod presented a 2016 National Day of Prayer proclamation to Angela Williams of Interstate Ministries of Clayton on Monday during a regularly scheduled council meeting.
In 1952, the United States Congress approved a resolution setting aside a day each year to pray in our nation. In 1988, Congress amended a portion of the law saying as a nation we should pray, while directing the President to set aside and proclaim the first Thursday of May as a National Day of Prayer.
The resolution read in part, “Leaders and citizens of our nation are afforded the privilege of prayer, affirming our spiritual heritage and the principles upon which our nation was founded; and recognizing the love and power of God, we unite with fellow citizens to exercise the freedom we have to gather in prayer with thankfulness while seeking guidance, provision, protection and purpose for the benefit of every individual and our state as a whole; and we specifically thank God for those who defend our freedoms and ask for peace throughout our state, national, and world.”