There were some rumors last month that President Obama was cancelling the annual “National Day of Prayer.” But those rumors turned out to be untrue. On April 30, President Obama declared May 6 the “National Day of Prayer” by presidential proclamation. In his own words:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 6, 2010, as a National Day of Prayer.Â I call upon the citizens of our Nation to pray, or otherwise give thanks, in accordance with their own faiths and consciences, for our many freedoms and blessings, and I invite all people of faith to join me in asking for God’s continued guidance, grace, and protection as we meet the challenges before us.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.
You can read the rest of the proclamation here. That being said, the President will not be holding any public observances as his predecessor did, though Obama’s press secretary says that the President will be praying privately (read here).