After a year hiatus, the National Day of Prayer returns to Taylor May 2. The event will be held at 11:45 a.m. at the KC Hall, 2201 E. Fourth St.

Pastor Mary Flores of Oasis Church is helping to organize the event. After contacting previous coordinators, Flores wanted to make sure the event could return for 2019.

"God put it on my spirit to lift up Taylor in prayer," she said. "This is a good opportunity to pray for America, to love one another and to stand together in unity."

In previous years, there were several events to celebrate National Day of Prayer. However there is only one scheduled for this year. Flores hopes in the future to add more events.

"In the future we are going to implement the youth event to it because we want our children involved," she said.

The prayer topics are government, church, military, family, education, media and business.

The mission of the event is to communicate with every person the need for personal repentance and prayer, mobilizing the Christian community to intercede for America and its leadership in the seven centers of power.

National Day of Prayer is held annually on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for our nation. Proclamations have been passed to observe the day with humiliation, fasting and prayer.

In 1952, a joint resolution of the United States Congress was signed into law by President Truman, and this resolution was then amended in 1988 by President Reagan and the 100th Congress and said that "The President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups and as individuals."

All of the National Day of Prayer events are free and open to the public.

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