Proclamation 5594 -- National Day of Prayer, 1987
the President of the
1952 the Congress of the
Members of Congress who spoke for the resolution made clear that they felt the Nation continued to face the very same challenges that preoccupied our Founders: the survival of freedom in a world frequently hostile to human ideals and the struggle for faith in an age that openly doubted or vehemently denied the existence of the Almighty. One Senator remarked that ``it would be timely and appropriate for the people of our Nation to join in this service of prayer in the spirit of the founding fathers who believed that God governs in the affairs of men and who based their Declaration of Independence upon a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence.''
nature is such that times of distress, grief, and war -- or their recent memory
-- impel us to acknowledgements we are often too proud to make, or too prone to
forget, in periods of peace and prosperity. During the Civil War Lincoln said
that he was driven to his knees in prayer because he was convinced that he had
nowhere else to go. During World War II, an unknown soldier in a trench in
Stay with me, God. The night is dark,
The night is cold: my little spark
Of courage dies. The night is long;
Be with me, God, and make me strong.
Indeed, the true meaning of our entire history as a Nation can scarcely be glimpsed without some notion of the importance of prayer, our Declaration of Dependence on God's favor on this unfinished enterprise we call America. Our land today is more diverse than ever, our citizens come from nearly every nation on Earth, and the variety of religious traditions that have found welcome here has never been greater. On our National Day of Prayer, then, we join together as people of many faiths to petition God to show us His mercy and His love, to heal our weariness and uphold our hope, that we might live ever mindful of His justice and thankful for His blessing.
joint resolution of the Congress approved
Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the
Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-second day of
December, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-six, and of the
with the Office of the Federal Register, ,