The local observance of National Day of Prayer will be held at the USC-Union gazebo at noon on Thursday.
"Anybody in the community is invited to join us for a time of prayer for our community, nation and the world," said the Rev. Robert Alexander, pastor of First Presbyterian Church.
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."
Dr. Ravi Zacharias will help lead this nation in prayer as the 2008 honorary chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. Through the efforts of the Task Force, more than 35,000 prayer gatherings will be conducted by approximately 40,000 volunteers across the country. Several million people are expected to participate in this call to prayer for our nation, its leaders and citizens.