By Kelly Wise Legg

Many believers regularly participate in the annual National Day of Prayer, which is being held on Thursday, May 1. The National Day of Prayer was originally established in 1952 by the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. The observance of the National Day of Prayer is founded on the constitutional rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion and can be celebrated by all Americans, regardless of their religion or origin of faith.

Locally, the National Day of Prayer is being held at FishHawk Fellowship Church. Senior Pastor, David Whitten, along with Pastor of Missions, Matt Moore, are organizing this faith-filled community event.

Over the last several years, other area churches have organized multi-church meetings at different locations in the Brandon area. This year, when a suitable centralized location couldn’t be found, the pastors at FishHawk Fellowship Church decided to hold the event at its location and invite the community.

“I believe it honors God when we come together as a church, community and nation to ask for His mercy and favor for us and our country if we do so with a humble and repentant heart,” said Moore.

The national theme for this year’s event is “One Voice, United in Prayer.” This is based on Romans 15:6: “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Moore believes that we should pray for our leaders and our country as the Bible teaches us in II Chronicles 7:14 “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”

There will be a tent set up on the front of the church’s property and prayer will be held from 7-8 p.m. under the tent. The community is invited and encouraged to attend. FishHawk Fellowship Church is located at 15326 FishHawk Blvd. in Lithia.

For more information, call the church at 655-7431 or visit fishhawk

For more information about the National Day of Prayer, visit


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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.