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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • National Day of Prayer set for Thursday

  • On Thursday, KNEO Radio 91.7 FM will be hosting the National Day of Prayer at three different times: 7 a.m., noon and 7 p.m., on the Newton County Courthouse Lawn – pavilion.
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  • On Thursday, KNEO Radio 91.7 FM will be hosting the National Day of Prayer at three different times: 7 a.m., noon and 7 p.m., on the Newton County Courthouse Lawn – pavilion.
    This year's theme is "Pray for America."
    "It is really to draw interest to prayer and to get people to pray," said Mark Taylor, president of KNEO. "We have got a lot of situations in our country. This is basically the focus is on America, to pray for America. Not just our nation, but our county, our city and everything that is included in that."
    National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S Truman. The National Day of Prayer is a day designated by the U.S. Congress as a day when all Americans regardless of faith are asked to come together and pray in their own way. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.
    A few years ago, the local event started being held three times that day.
    "We will give the people three opportunities to be there," he said. "For those who can't come at a certain time, we will give them the opportunity to come to one of the three. We will have a little bit of singing, basically it is going to be a time of praying or speaking of prayer, there will be different people involved from different walks of life."
    Taylor said he has noticed that the attendance has picked up over the years.
    "It has picked up some," he said. "The evening one at 7 p.m. seems to be the one that has been drawing the most. I am glad that we opened that part up a few years back."
    Asked if he is seeing more and more people praying, Taylor said, "I believe that maybe God is trying to get our attention more so to pray, which does draw us to pray more. I believe as time goes, and just the amount of people on the earth, and the things that are happening on the earth is going to drive us more to that place of prayer. That is where God always wants to meet us is at prayer."
    Everyone is welcome to come and bring lawn chairs.
    For more information, call KNEO at 451-5636.

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