Prayer leaders across the Killeen-Fort Hood area, under the leadership of retired Chaplain Joel Lytle, have been busy organizing various prayer events in conjunction with the 63rd annual National Day of Prayer.

This year’s national prayer day will be observed Thursday, though some prayer activities will actually begin the day before.

The theme for this year's prayer day is “One Voice, United in Prayer,” emphasizing the need for God’s people, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities, and individuals.

This year’s chosen Scripture passage is Romans 15:6, “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance that was enacted by Congress in 1952 and signed into law by President Harry Truman.

That law was amended in 1988 under President Ronald Reagan’s administration, designating the first Thursday in May each year as an official National Day of Prayer.

Every year since then, the president and all 50 governors have signed proclamations declaring the first Thursday in May as a day of prayer for our nation.

More than 2 million people will attend some 50,000 prayer events nationwide in observance of National Day of Prayer.

These include prayer gatherings at the nation’s Capitol, state capitols, county courthouses and city halls across the nation. Numerous churches, businesses, schools and homes also host various prayer events throughout the day.

The city of Killeen has officially observed the National Day of Prayer every year since 1999, with an annual mayoral proclamation and a noontime prayer event at City Hall. This year, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, Belton, Temple and Fort Hood will offer noontime observances.

Everyone is invited to participate this year by attending one or more of the local prayer events, especially the noon prayer event closest to them.

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