National Day of Prayer events scheduled across area

Herald file photo - A young man prays during a National Day of Prayer observance last year at the Bell County Expo Center. A similar celebration will take place Thursday.

By Dan Galanffy

Special to the Daily Herald

Prayer has been an integral part of America's history since its beginning.

From our earliest days as a nation, through numerous wars and crises, there have been generals, presidents and other leaders who have asked citizens to pray for God's intervention.

Many national days of prayer and fasting have been held over the years, and God always heard and answered the cry of the people – sometimes with mighty miracles.

Recognizing the important role of prayer in history, Congress enacted legislation many years ago establishing the first Thursday of May as an annual National Day of Prayer.

This year, the National Day of Prayer will be held Thursday, May 1. with several events scheduled across Central Texas.

The theme for this year is "Prayer! America's Strength and Shield" and is based on the verse from Psalm 28:7 which states: "The Lord is my strength and shield; my heart trusts in Him and I am helped."

The goal of the National Day of Prayer is to promote both private and public prayer, though the day itself is predominantly a venue for public prayer gatherings.

The National Day of Prayer Task Force's mission is to communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer, mobilizing the Christian community to intercede for America and its leadership in the seven centers of power: government, military, media, business, education, church and family.

In particular, the emphasis is on our need as God's people to humble ourselves before our Creator and to pray together in biblical unity, laying aside theological differences for a brief moment in history.

Millions of people across the nation will be gathering in various public and private venues to pray.

They will be acknowledging their need for God and asking Him to intervene in their lives, and in the affairs of their communities and this nation.

Events are also scheduled throughout the day at churches around Killeen, as well as at Fort Hood and in Harker Heights and Copperas Cove.

Local prayer coordinators are inviting the public to join together at one or more of the following designated places of prayer – especially at their local noon event, as well as the regional evening celebration at the Bell County Expo Center.


Pershing Park Baptist Church

1200 Old FM 440

9 – 11:20 a.m.

Metroplex Hospital (flagpole)

2201 S. Clear Creek Road.

9- 9:20 a.m.

Soldiers Hospitality House

3981 Chaparral Road.

9:30 – 11:15 a.m.

First United Methodist Church

508 N. Gray St.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.


Killeen City Hall (flagpole)

101 N. College St.

noon – 1 p.m.

(free lunch provided by KPLE-TV)

Copperas Cove Library

501 S. Main St.

noon – 1 p.m.

Temple City Building

Central and Adams

noon – 12:45 p.m.

Fort Hood Old Post Chapel

noon – 1 p.m.

Gatesville Courthouse

noon – 1 p.m.


Bell County Expo Center

Loop 121, Belton

7 – 8:30 p.m.

(preliminary events begin 6:30 p.m.)

Special guest speaker:

Retired Maj. Gen. Robert F. Dees

Additional information is available at

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