Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 7, 2009
Sen. Earl Garrison
Oklahoma Legislature Endorses National Day of Prayer
Members of the Oklahoma Legislature joined with
citizens around the state and nation in recognizing the National
Day of Prayer on Thursday. Sen.
Earl Garrison introduced SCR 20 endorsing the special event.
"Now more than ever with our country facing the greatest
economic crisis since the Great Depression, we need to look to
the Lord for guidance, wisdom, and discernment on how to address
this crisis," said Garrison, D-Muskogee.
The resolution also asked President Barack Obama to proclaim a
special National Day of Prayer in June exclusively for the nation's
continued economic recovery. Garrison said prayers are powerful
and the National Day of Prayer says a lot about the United States
Rep. Jerry McPeak was the principal House author of the resolution.
“‘Faith without works is dead’. We have put
some measures in the ‘works’ to help our people and
our economy,” said McPeak, D-Warner. “A day of prayer
is appropriate to ask for God’s continued help, guidance
Having national days of prayers in times of crisis has been a
long tradition in the United States. The Continental Congress
called for one in 1775, and President George Washington declared
February 19, 1795, as a solemn day for prayer. President John
Adams requested one in 1798, and President James Madison did the
same in 1813. President Abraham Lincoln called for a day of prayer
on March 10, 1863. On June 6, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt
led the nation in prayer as American, British and Canadian troops
stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. President Harry S. Truman
signed a bill proclaiming a National Day of Prayer on April 17,
1952 as did President Ronald Reagan in 1988. President George
Walker Bush declared January 21, 2001 as a day of prayer and this
year's observance was proclaimed for May 7.
For more information contact:
Sen. Garrison's Office - 405-521-5533