Throughout America’s history, many presidents have designated certain days to be set aside for the purpose of prayer.
Numerous proclamations have been issued over the years, requesting that citizens take time to seek God’s divine intervention in the affairs of our nation.
Then, in 1952, both houses of Congress unanimously passed legislation creating an annual National Day of Prayer, and in 1988, they amended that law designating the first Thursday in May as that day of prayer.
This year marks the 66th Annual National Day of Prayer, which will be observed Thursday.
The theme, designated by NDP headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., is, “For Your GREAT Name’s sake! Hear us ... Forgive us ... Heal us!” — taken from Daniel 9:19, which says, “O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Your own sake, O my God ...”
President Donald Trump and all 50 U.S. governors are signing proclamations designating May 4 as a day of prayer, and requesting that citizens of all faiths pray for our nation.
As in previous years, millions of people will be joining together all across America at various public gatherings at city halls, county courthouses, state capitols, libraries, parks, businesses, churches and homes.
Here in the greater Fort Hood area, a number of prayer activities will be taking place next week, beginning Sunday and extending through Friday.
A wide variety of prayer events will highlight the week on Thursday, the official date of the NDP observance, offering folks a choice of times and locations that best suit their schedules.
The public is particularly encouraged to attend the citywide pre-NDP kickoff event, one of the noon events, and the regional evening event at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton.
Prayer activities will begin Sunday with a citywide prayer gathering:
Agape Church of God in Christ
3000 Little Nolan Road, Killeen, 4 p.m. Sunday
Contact: Ms. Lillian Billie 254-466-7463
Citywide Youth-led Prayer and Worship Event
Greater Vision Community Church, 2000 E. Stan Schlueter Loop, Killeen
Contact: Pastor David Reynolds 254-200-4382
Thursday is the official date of this year’s NDP observance, there will be numerous prayer gatherings at various times and locations throughout the local area. The public is invited to attend any one or more of these prayer events:
MORNING PRAYER EVENTS
Body of Christ Outreach Center for Pacific Islanders, 211 W. Hallmark, Killeen
8-11:30 a.m., Coffee, Tea & Prayer.
Contact: Pastor Nio Silao, 254-768-0284
St. Joseph’s Catholic School (at the flagpole), 2903 E. Rancier, Killeen
8-9 a.m., student-led prayer
Contact: St. Joseph School 254-634-7272
Refuge Ministry, 3601 Edgefield, Killeen
Contact: Pastor Angel Valencia, 254-258-7505
Grace Bible Church, 1203 Winkler Ave., Killeen
Contact: Kathleen Brown, 214-797-0432
Westside Baptist Church, 194 Stagecoach Road, Killeen
Contact: Alfonso Leathers, 254-628-1004
NOONTIME PRAYER EVENTS
Killeen City Hall (city council chambers), 101 N. College St., Killeen
noon – 1 p.m., Prayer and Free Lunch
Contact: Roxanne Flores-Achmad, 254-501-7878
Christian House of Prayer
3300 Stan Schlueter Loop, Killeen
Contact: Elder Joseph Solomon, 254-526-7021
Harker Heights City Hall (tentative), 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights
Contact: Tim McKeown, 254-634-6262
Fort Hood Spiritual Fitness Center, Battalion & 33rd Street, Fort Hood
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., youth prayer event
Contact: Retired Chaplain Bill Shelnutt, 254-681-7777
Economic Development Corp. Building (EDC), 210 S. First St., Copperas Cove
noon - 1 p.m.
Contact: Peggy Thompson, 254-547-4881
Temple Municipal Building (at the flagpoles), 2 N. Main St., Temple
noon - 1 p.m.
Contact: Ruth Daniel, 254-718-0002
AFTERNOON PRAYER EVENTS
Rosewood Retirement Center, 5700 Central TX Expressway
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Contact: Abby, 254-680-5020 and Ken, 466-6258
Jesus Hope and Love Mission, 818 N. Fouth St., Killeen
5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Prayer and Free Dinner
Contact: Pastor Steve Chae, 254-291-2314
First United Methodist Church Killeen, 3501 E. Elms Road, Killeen
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Prayer & Free Light Dinner
Contact: Elaine Passman, 254-698-4371
First United Methodist of Nolanville, 208 W. Avenue I
6 - 6:40 p.m., followed by a motorcycle ride to the Bell County Expo Center for an evening prayer event
Contact: Joel Lytle, 808-754-3292
Metroplex Hospital, 2201 S. Clear Creek Road, Killeen
chapel open 24 hours
Contact: Chaplain Jaime Guajardo 254-519-8202
St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church, 1000 E. FM 2410, Harker Heights
church open 1- 5 p.m.
Contact: St. Paul Church 254-698-4110
New Beginnings Assembly of God, 859 Copperhead Circle, Harker Heights
church open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Contact: Andrea Womack 254-466-5565
Rollins Brook Community Hospital, 605 N. Key Ave., Lampasas
The chapel is open 24 hours.
Contact: Stan Martin 512-556-3682
Seton Medical Center, 850 W. Central Texas Expressway, Harker Heights
The chapel is open 24 hours.
Contact: Emma Conley 254-680-6279
Grace Christian Center
1401 Elms Road, Killeen
GCC Kids center open 5 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Contact: Scott Wilmot, 254-634-6990
Rivers of Living Water, 508 N. Gray, Killeen
church open 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Contact: Bishop Darryl Shaw 254-554-8451
NDP PRAYER EVENT
Bell County Expo Center, Loop 121, Belton
7- 8:30 p.m., Concert of prayer format in small groups
Contact: Ruth Daniel 254-718-0002
Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel Sanctuary, Tank Destroyer Boulevard and 31st Street, Fort Hood
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., individual or small group prayer
Contact: Teresa Parris, 254-288-6545