Christian Faith World Ministries Center (CFWMC) Day of Faith corresponds to the National Day of Prayer held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation”.
On the National Day of Prayer, Americans from many religious backgrounds turn to God in prayer for the United States. The Day of Prayer was unsuccessfully challenged in court by the Freedom From Religion Foundation after their first attempt was unanimously dismissed by a federal appellate court in April 2011.
Each year since its inception enacted in 1952 traditionally, the President of the United States issues an official National Day of Prayer proclamation encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. The National Day or Prayer is celebrated by Americans of many religions, including Christians of many denominations, such as Baptists and Catholics, as well as Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus, and Jews.
On the National Day of Prayer, many Americans assemble in prayer in front of courthouses, as well as in houses of worship, such as churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples. Luncheons, picnics, and music performances revolving around praying for the nation are also popular observances.