Citizens from Middlesboro, Pineville, and Harrogate, Tenn. gathered at noon Thursday to celebrate the National Day of Prayer. The theme for the 2012 National Day of Prayer was “One Nation Under God”, with Psalm 33:12 as the scripture, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord”.
National Day of Prayer is celebrated on the first Thursday in May each year, as designated by Congress.
In Middlesboro, citizens gathered at the city parking lot, while other Bell County residents gathered at the on the Pine Street steps of the Bell County Courthouse. The Harrogate service was held at Harrogate City Hall.
Each service had represenatives offering prayers for the church, family, government, education, military, first responders, media, business community, youth, natural resourses, and the nation, as well as a prayer of
The National Day of Prayer has been an annual event in the country for many years.
n 1988, the law was amended so that the National Day of Prayer would be held on the first Thursday of May. Two stated intentions of the National Day of Prayer were that it would be a day when adherents of all great religions could unite in prayer and that it may one day bring renewed respect for God to all the peoples of the world. It was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on May 5, 1988.