Westerman on National Day of Prayer: "We are a Christian nation"

May 7, 2015
Press Release


HOT SPRINGS – Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) issued the following statement commemorating Thursday’s National Day of Prayer designation.

“On this National Day of Prayer, it is important to remember the principles upon which our nation was founded. Marking 1982’s National Day of Prayer, President Ronald Reagan said we must ‘seek help from God, our Father and Preserver.’ His words are just as true now as they were 33 years ago. We are a Christian nation and must continue to seek God’s will for America to continue being that city on a hill that the world looks to in moments of peace and moments of strife. On this day, I recall 2 Chronicles 7:14, which says, ‘if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.’”

The National Day of Prayer was established by Congress in 1952 and is observed annually. Beginning in 1988, the law establishing the National Day of Prayer was amended so the observance would be held annually on the first Thursday of May.