In his remarks for the service and worship at the White House for the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, President Donald Trump stressed that Americans place "our hope in the hands of our Creator" and pray that that "these United States" will be blessed by the goodness, grace, and "eternal glory of God."
The National Day of Prayer was started by President Harry Truman and Congress in 1952. The purpose is for the federal government to officially recognize God and the necessity of prayer and "set aside each year" a specific day "for the American people to turn to God in prayer and meditation," said Vice President Mike Pence in his remarks at the Rose Garden.
"Ever since then, every president has issued a proclamation in honor of this great tradition," said Pence. "And President Donald Trump continues that tradition today."
In addition to his remarks at the Rose Garden, President Trump tweeted, "On this day of prayer, we once again place our hopes in the hands of our Creator."
"We give thanks for this wondrous land of liberty, & we pray that THIS nation – OUR home – these United States – will forever be strengthened by the Goodness and the Grace & the eternal GLORY OF GOD!" said Trump.
Vice President Pence further said "the president has made a practice of opening every Cabinet meeting in prayer. In fact, he is, at this moment in time, one of only four presidents in American history who have issued multiple proclamations calling the American people to prayer in a single year."
"We believe we always do well to go to the Lord in prayer," said Pence. "But it seems especially important these days."