Event planning is underway for the local National Day of Prayer event to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at Halifax County High School.

The public is asked to mark this date on its calendar.

In 1988 the U.S. Congress designated the first Thursday in May as the National Day of Prayer. This follows a tradition that began in 1775 when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a new nation, according to organizers of the National Day of Prayer in Halifax County.

“Petitions of prayer will go up to God from coast to coast on this day, and our community has the privilege of being a part of this wonderful event right here in Halifax County. We have the largest gathering of people for this prayer event east of the Mississippi River,” said Larry McPeters, committee chairman.

This will be an evening of prayer, testimony and fellowship. Admission will be free, and refreshments will be available.

The event will offer a chance to come together in a spirit of harmony, unity and Christian love to pray for our divided nation, organizers added.

This year’s theme is “Pray God’s Glory Across the Earth, AMEN!!!” Scripture is taken from Habakkuk 2:14: For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

More information and announcements about the special guest will be forthcoming, and interested persons may check newspapers and Facebook for updates in coming days.