On May 2, 2019 Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) issued a statement on the 2019 National Day of Prayer, stating that “There will always be an abiding need for unified public prayer by Americans.”
“Today we celebrate the National Day of Prayer,” said Rep. Louie Gohmert in a Press Release statement. “This significant day was designated by the United States Congress in 1952 by a joint resolution. Today Christians all over the country are urged to turn to God in prayer and fervent meditation.
“Throughout the history of this nation, prayer has played a meaningful role,” Rep. Gohmert continued. “In fact, the first call to prayer was in 1775 when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation. This country’s founding fathers sought after the wisdom of God when faced with serious decisions, and today this practice should also be very important. It is God’s guidance and provision that safely steers our vessels to their safe harbor. There will always be an abiding need for unified public prayer by Americans for our guidance, for wisdom, and for his loving, protective, unseen hand of protection.”
The National Day of Prayer, as noted on the National Day of Prayer website, began when “a bill initiated by Mr. Conrad Hilton of Hilton Hotels and Senator Frank Carlson of Kansas “was passed (Public Law 82-324) that the [p]resident of the United States was to set aside an appropriate day each year, other than Sunday, as a National Day of Prayer.”
Later, in 1987, Republican Senator Strom Thurmond wrote a bill (S.1378), which would amend public law 82-324. The bill went on to pass unanimously in the Senate and a few days later in the House, and on Thursday, May 8, 1988, “Ronald Reagan sign[ed] into law Public Law 100-307 the designation of the first Thursday in May as the annual observance for the National Day of Prayer.”
Congressman Gohmert included Scripture in his statement on the National Day of Prayer:
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-4
Continuing on in his statement, Rep. Gohmert stated, “It is both my hope and my prayer that today we will look past our differences, and truly come together as citizens from all backgrounds to humbly and earnestly pray for our beloved nation. For all who sense that there is a God, may we set aside time, not just today but routinely, to prayerfully beseech our Heavenly Father for his direction.
“We should pray as did George Washington, that God would ‘dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with charity, humility and pacific temper of mind, which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy nation.,’” said Rep. Gohmert.