The first national call to prayer was in 1775 when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a new nation.
In Meridian Thursday, people took time out of their busy schedules to come together and pray for our leaders, the troops overseas and each other.
"It's a good day for Jesus. It's a good day to be in the kingdom of God," said Dorothy Lloyd of Calvary Tabernacle. "And we are just so appreciative that everyone showed up and there is a bond of unity that is going to come out of this fellowship today."
Signed into law in 1952 by President Truman, the National Day of Prayer was amended by President Reagan in 1988, establishing the event for the first Thursday of May.
"National Prayer Day is to pray for our nation and our leaders so that our nation can come together and God can intervene in our lives, because our nation has gone astray," said the Rev. Johnny Baskin.
This year's theme echoes all the way back to that first call to prayer by the Continental Congress, "Let Freedom Ring", in honor of our troops overseas, who are fighting for just that.