National Day of Prayer . . . Without God?

For the first time in 69 years, the president of the United States omitted the mention of God from the National Day of Prayer—a sign of the state of our nation.

by Ken Ham on May 20, 2021
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Since 1952, the first Thursday of May has been the National Day of Prayer in the United States. Each year, the president issues a proclamation regarding this special day of prayer and petition to the Lord for this nation. Well, President Biden released a proclamation, that, for the first time in the 69-year history of the National Day of Prayer, did not mention the words God, Creator, Jesus, or any other name for the Godhead.

President Biden released a proclamation that, for the first time in the 69-year history of the National Day of Prayer, did not mention the word words God, Creator, Jesus, or any other name for the Godhead.

The sole mention of God was in the ceremonious phrase “in the year of our Lord,” in reference to it being the year 2021. But while the proclamation didn’t mention the one true God as the One to whom we pray and make our petitions, don’t make the mistake of thinking there is no deity in this prayer. There is—and it’s the false god of Genesis 3:5:

. . . . you will be like God . . .

In other words, man, not God, is the focus of this proclamation. Prayer (to whatever deity you prefer) in this proclamation is about us having the “strength, hope, and guidance” to accomplish what we need to do, not about us humbly beseeching God for what only he can do. Prayer is just the “power” to “provide hope and uplift us for the work ahead.”

This is a reminder that there is no neutrality: one is either for Christ or against him (Matthew 12:30). “Secular” is not neutral—it is actively opposed to Christ and his Word as seen in this proclamation. And secularism is the dominant religion of our day throughout the West, including here in America.

The National Day of Prayer 2021 is past, but let’s continue to pray to the one true God for this nation—asking him to do what only he can do, such as provide wisdom, restrain sin, strengthen his people for what lies ahead, and save souls for eternity.

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This item was discussed yesterday on Answers News with cohosts Dr. Gabriela Haynes, Tim Chaffey, and Bodie Hodge. Answers News is our twice-weekly news program filmed live before a studio audience here at the Creation Museum and broadcast on my Facebook page and the Answers in Genesis Facebook page. We also covered the following topics:

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Ken

This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.

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