The local observance of the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer begins at midnight and continues through Thursday for 24 hours of prayer at the War Memorial Building in downtown Dickson. The theme for this year’s national observance is “Pray for America” and the featured scripture is Matthew 12:21: “In His name the nations will put their hope.” Pastor Jamie Allen of Church of Living Water said more than 70 Dickson County churches participated in last year’s celebration and he hopes that number tops 100 this year. For 24 straight hours on Thursday, local pastors and congregations will offer prayers for this nation’s leaders as well as many local agencies, officials and organizations and individuals in need of prayer. Allen said the event will go on rain or shine and will feature non-stop prayers, songs of praise and special messages delivered at 5:30 am, noon and 7 pm. Road Riders for Jesus will be preparing meals for participants at 11 am and 6 pm. Allen said there will be “prayer warriors” onsite to meet and pray with individuals and there will be request forms for special prayers to be included during the day’s activities. The National Day of Prayer was first proclaimed by President Harry Truman in 1952 and set on the first Thursday in May in 1988. A special prayer written by national Honorary Chairman Pastor Greg Laurie is to be read at each observance across the country at noon eastern time. Allen said everyone is welcome to participate in the National Day of Prayer at any time during the 24-hour period Thursday. For more information, contact Allen at 289-2403.