BALLINGER - About 10 worshipful souls gathered and held hands and prayed together on the lawn of the Runnels County Courthouse in observance of the National Day of Prayer Thursday, May 3.

BALLINGER - About 10 worshipful souls gathered and held hands and prayed together on the lawn of the Runnels County Courthouse in observance of the National Day of Prayer Thursday, May 3.

The theme for the National Day of Prayer 2018 was “unity” and all who gathered on the courthouse lawn prayed for just that. The theme this year championed building bridges between opposing persons and political parties. The theme referenced Ephesians 4:3 which challenged everyone to mobilize a unified public prayer for America, "Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace."

Theodore Boone, leader and founder of Jesus Christ Church in Ballinger led one of the prayers during the event.

“Oh Spirit blow like a winter breeze...support those who are in danger of snapping under their grief...glow in the hearts of those who have broken from you and become slaves of sin.”

He went on to ask for reconciliation and tolerance.

“Glow through your church and bring a God-willed revival,” Boone beckoned. “Let us take Sunday’s life into everyday life and every place…Work powerfully so that there will be reconciliation, tolerance and peace.

“Let the fruit of the spirit become visible in our lives,” he continued.

Those who were present, included Mayor Sam Mallory and his wife Laura and Councilman Rick Morrish and his wife Sue.

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.

The hope each year is that individuals, churches, and spiritual leaders in America, will humble themselves and unify in prevailing prayer for the next great move of God in America.