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Millions of Americans stood united in prayer today in observance of the National Day of Prayer.

This annual day of observance is held on the first Thursday of May, as designated by the United States Congress. This year’s theme was Pray for America – UNITY, based upon Ephesians 4:3 – “Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

In Bossier City, dozens gathered to pray for the city, parish and state at the Bossier Sheriff’s Office second annual prayer service. U.S. Congressman Mike Johnson (LA-04) closed the event, saying the time to unite as a nation in prayer is now.

“We’re joining the millions of Americans across the country as we stand here in prayer. What a powerful thing that is,” Johnson said. “We’ve crossed denominational lines and set aside our differences for the one thing that unites us together – the belief in our firm foundation.”

The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was unanimously amended by both the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on Thursday, May 5, 1988, designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer. Every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.

This year marks the 30th annual observance since President Ronald Reagan signed the amended law and the 67th observance since the day was first created in 1952.