National Day of Prayer Observed Despite Claims of Being Unconstitutional

The United States government called for the first National Day of Prayer to be held in 1775. In 1952, President Harry Truman signed the annual event into law. And in 2010, amid allegations of the observance being unconstitutional, the National Day of Prayer was observed on May 6 in cities throughout Utah and across the U.S. Prayer.”

At the Utah State Capitol Building on the evening of May 6, a large group of mostly Evangelical Christians gathered to listen to music and participate in prayers given by Evangelical church leaders from the Salt Lake City area. Rev. Gregory Johnson, Utah State Coordinator of National Day of Prayer, spoke to Deseret News prior to Thursday’s events, and welcomed everyone to attend the services at the Capitol, but clarified that the services would be “an evangelical expression of the National Day of Prayer.”

Each pastor that participated focused his prayer on one of seven topics that influence communities, states and nations. The topics included government, military, families and marriages, church, media and entertainment, business and education.

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