All 50 Governors and the President of the United States proclaimed the 64th annual National Day of Prayer as millions of Americans gathered from coast to coast in solemn assembly last Thursday.
It was the single, largest mobilized call to prayer in U.S. history with more than 43,000 events taking place in the U.S. at courthouse steps, parks, offices, government buildings, churches and homes symbolizing a single prayer for the nation and its leaders.
In Imperial there were two meetings. A group of about 30 adults, organized by the Southwest Nebraska Ministerial Association, met at 6 a.m. in St. Patrick’s Hall with coffee and snacks and at 6:30 a.m. walked to the courthouse steps for a time of prayer. The prayer focus was for the nation, state, county and city leaders.
At 9:45 a.m. that morning at Chase County Schools, two students, Ryelee Christensen and Makenna Wallin, led a prayer meeting at the south end of the football field. Here for the junior high SPVA track meet, almost every one of the junior high athletes from eight schools and some high school students and adults joined in.
Stadiums were filled from Pennsylvania to Minnesota with shouts of prayer and adoration. Parades, motorcycle rallies, hot air balloon launches and more were planned in celebration.
In Washington D.C., there were standing-room-only events with extended lines throughout the duration of the programs
A quote of President Ronald Reagan’s from Jan. 25, 1984, is often used as National Day of Prayer is observed each year:
“America was founded by people who believed that God was their rock of safety. I recognize we must be cautious in claiming that God is on our side, but I think it’s all right to keep asking if we’re on His side.”