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As the nation struggles with various issues, U.S. citizens are preparing to exercise their freedom to gather, worship and pray.
Millions will answer the call to prayer on May 2 in observance of the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer.
Organized events will be held in thousands of public venues, including Harriman, where intercession will be made for America and its leadership.
The Harriman observance will begin at noon at the Temperance Building on Roane Street.
Prayers will be offered for business, media, education, government, family, church and youth by different area pastors and civic leaders.
Other organized events will be held in cities and communities across the state and nation.
“Everyone is encouraged to participate in these events,” said the Rev. Mason Goodman, director of Big Emory Baptist Association.
“But if that is not possible, please pray for America, wherever you are,” he added.
This year’s theme, “Pray for America,” is based on Matthew 12:21 — “In His name the nations will put their hope.”
Greg Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship and founder of Harvest Crusades, will give the keynote address at the National Observance in Washington, D.C., to be held at the Cannon House Office Building.
The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States of America, evidenced by the Continental Congress’ proclamation in 1775 setting aside a day of prayer.
In 1952, Congress established an annual day of pray-er.
That law was amended, in 1988, when the first Thursday in May was designated as the National Day of Prayer.
Visit www.NationalDayofPrayer.org for more information.