National Day of Prayer – an Opportunity to Unite in Gratitude

National Day of Prayer - an Opportunity to Unite in Gratitude


by Don Ingwerson

The National Day of Prayer, observed every first Thursday in May since 1952, is a great time to really stop and contemplate the power of prayer individually and collectively. Prayer may mean different things to different people, but expressions of gratitude, forgiveness, joy, and love allow humanity to reach beyond self toward a greater good. This is important in a world where the constant bombardment of bad news can invite defeat. Each of us is a shining ray of hope in the dark, and bringing everyone together in unity through prayer can and will expel the horrors of death and destruction. I wanted to share with you The Christian Science Monitor article about this important day. Even though this day of prayer was last week, we can continue to be inspired to pray for the world and our fellow man.

To read the Monitor article, click here: National Day of Prayer Helps Unite the World

About the author

Don Ingwerson Don regularly blogs on health and spirituality and lives in Laguna Beach with his wife - both Christian Science practitioners. He brings his years serving the public in education to his work as a liaison of Christian Science, where he maintains contacts with the media and legislative offices.


  1. Diana U says

    I remember the first time I heard about National Day of Prayer. Our community gathered around the fountain downtown and all faiths came together to prayer for our community and our nation. That’s when I found out lot’s of people like to pray out-loud, and some very loud!

  2. Evelyn Brookins says

    I have found that taking time to be grateful is like turning on light in a dark room. Soon the shadows and scary fears disappear and I am at peace – with myself, my neighbors, the traffic, and every other irritating thing. Then I can recognize that yielding to irritation is the opposite of gratitude – and its painful. There’s a hymn that says: “It is no secret what love can do.” What gratitude can do shouldn’t be a secret either.

  3. Anne Hughes says

    Good to think of people praying together all across the country, across the world. The Bible tells us that prayer can move mountains, so certainly the sticky situations in the world can be overcome by united prayer. I have been actively including the victimizers as well as the people in difficult situations in my prayers, that we can all wake up to our status as God’s beloved and loving beings right now, right where we are.