Our nation is in a crucial time and in serious need of prayer. We face grave challenges on every front and most of all, the spiritual front. We're sure you sense the unique peril that we, as a country, are in. It often seems as if we have lost our way as a nation. But we are not as those who have no hope. As the psalmist proclaimed in Psalm 121:1-2:

I lift up my eyes to the hills — where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

This is a reminder that the National Day of Prayer is tomorrow, Thursday, May 3. It's a day when Americans will gather together to pray that God will grant us mercy and send us the help we need to turn our nation back to Him. Please consider finding a local gathering and participating this year. For your convenience, click on this direct link to the National Day of Prayer official website's event finder. There, you can find locations of announced events as well as other useful information. Tour the other sections of the site to learn more about the National Day of Prayer. If you can't make an event, perhaps go to Daily Mass or a church service, or dedicate a special prayer on your own for the spiritual and overall revitalization of our country.

The National Day of Prayer is an important time for us to stop and recognize our need for the Lord as a nation. We all know what a critical time this is. Let us not neglect the One who can deliver us from the dangers that await us if we fail to act.

Our friends at The Congressional Prayer Caucus, through Lea Carawan, executive director of the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, e-mailed this message today:

Tomorrow, May 3rd will mark the 61th Annual National Day of Prayer Celebration, and we encourage you join us and many others assembling across the nation!

From the inception of this nation, many of our Presidents and leaders have called the nation to prayer, and even fasting, in critical times. They realized the importance of humbling ourselves before a holy God to seek His intervention.

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting Americans to pray this day, and every day, for the nation.

It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was amended so that the National Day of Prayer would be held on the first Thursday of May. ...

We encourage everyone to participate based on our understanding that this country was birthed in prayer and in reverence for the God of the Bible. There will be thousands of events taking place across this nation . . . find one near you!

Please take time, no matter where you are, this and every day to pray for national, state, and local leaders.