A combination of congregations from across the county will once again gather on the lawn of the Ellis County Courthouse this Thursday for the National Day of Prayer.

This year's event is scheduled for noon Thursday in downtown Waxahachie. In case of inclement weather, the prayer will move inside the Farley Street Baptist Church, located at 1116 Brown Street in Waxahachie.

In 1775, the first call to prayer began a rich tradition with the Continental Congress interceding for wisdom in founding a new nation.

Following the custom, President Lincoln proclaimed reverence to the day in 1863, with President Truman affirming a joint resolution of an annual day of prayer in 1952.

Thirty-six years later in 1988, President Reagan permanently amended the law for the first Thursday of every May and urged all Americans to exercise prayer.

According to the National Day of Prayer website, the significance of this day “teaches the way in which our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions.”

The website adds, “It stands as a call for us to humbly come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people.”

To know more about the National Day of Prayer, visit nationaldayofprayer.org.