The first American prayer in Congress – was September 7, 1774
God, prayer and worship were a way of life for our American leaders. they did not overly enforce these views because they were widely accepted. Christianity was mixed with government since day one as it should be. As long as our leaders are learning from the church and upholding her principles we will have a strong society. What we do not need is for man to run our government and force the church to do things his way.
Prayer has opened each session of Congress dating back to Benjamin Franklin, 1787 Capital building as a worship center!
In its early days, the Capitol building was actually used for religious services in addition to governmental unctions, with Sunday church services regularly held until after the Civil War. “It is no exaggeration to say that on Sundays in Washington during the administrations of Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809) and of James Madison (1809-1817) the state became a church. within a year of his inauguration, Jefferson began attending church services in the House of Representatives. Madison followed Jefferson’s example, although unlike Jefferson, who rode on horseback to church in the Capitol, Madison came in a coach. Worship services in the House were acceptable to Jefferson because they were nondiscriminatory and voluntary. Preachers of every Protestant denomination appeared.
The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation”. Each year since its inception, the president has signed proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. The modern law formalizing its annual observance was enacted in 1952,
The constitutionality of the National Day of Prayer was unsuccessfully challenged in court by the Freedom From Religion Foundation after their first attempt was unanimously dismissed by a federal appellate court in April 2011.
“It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” – President George Washington
“We have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand, which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and trengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.” – President Abraham Lincoln
“Each day millions of our citizens approach our Maker on bended knee, seeking His grace and giving thanks for the many blessings He bestows upon us.” – President George W. Bush