From staff reports
From the beginning of the formation of the United States, members of Congress and U.S. Presidents including Lincoln, Truman and Reagan have all had a hand in asking Americans to pray for their country.
Since Congress passed a law establishing the day in the 1950s and Reagan amended the law to mark it on the first Thursday in May, the National Day of Prayer has remained an institution for the faithful of America.
The 61st annual observation of the National Day of Prayer is this Thursday and a local group hopes to draw people together to pray for the country.
Maranatha Outreach will hold their annual Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning at Freedom Church.
The local observation has been held for more than 25 years and organizers hope to provide an event where people can gather with a common goal - prayer for the nation.
The event will begin at 6:30 a.m. at the Family Life Center at Freedom Church located at 500 Underwood Road off S. Elbert Street. There is no charge for the breakfast.