Dr. Boozman's Check-up
National Day of Prayer
May 01 2014
We’ve all heard of the power of prayer. I am confident that prayers are being showered on Arkansas as we begin our process of mourning and recovery from the devastating tornados that tore through our state. I know these prayers are very much appreciated.
On this National Day of Prayer we are reminded of the role of prayer and religion in the foundation of our nation. Our founding fathers made this clear in historical documents that have influenced our democracy and laws for hundreds of years. A call to prayer began when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in the formation of our nation and we follow this tradition every day when the Senate meets, we begin with a prayer. Today, we recognize our religious heritage as we celebrate the National Day of Prayer which I am confident will continue for hundreds of more years.
I’m proud to support the National Day of Prayer that was signed into law in 1952 and amended in 1988 to permanently set the day of observance as the first Thursday in May. Each year since then, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. This year has been no different.
I believe it’s our responsibility to uphold the values we were taught growing up, and because of that, I will continue to fight to uphold the right of religious expression. It is now more evident than ever our country needs our prayers. May God bless you and may God bless America.