The theme of the event is: Prayer ... America's Hope.
Its accompanying verse states, "May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you."
The observance began in 1952, after President Truman signed a bill proclaiming the celebration of a National Day of Prayer every year.
Attend an event
Augusta: Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St., 7 p.m., with Mayor Deke Copenhaver; (706) 798-1882
Aiken: St. John's United Methodist Church, 104 Newberry St. N.W., 7 p.m., with Mayor Fred Cavanaugh; (803) 648-6891
NORTH AUGUSTA: North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Ave., North Augusta, 7 p.m.; featuring Bill Curry, the head coach of new football program at Georgia State University; (803) 441-4290
ST. PAUL'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 605 Reynolds St., breakfast at 7:30 a.m., (706) 722-8693.
CURTIS BAPTIST SCHOOL: 10:30 a.m., 1326 Broad St., (706) 828-6624
WHOLE LIFE MINISTRIES: 2621 Washington Road, 7 p.m., (706) 737-4530
Watch the broadcast
Speakers include Beth Moore, an author and speaker, and Shirley Dobson, the wife of Dr. James Dobson.
Submit a prayer
When employees of MAU Inc. solicited prayers to include at their National Day of Prayer gathering last year, more than 180 requests rolled in. About 80 were job-related.
The president of MAU, an employment agency with 10 branches in Georgia and South Carolina, expects the number to be even higher this year.
Randy Hatcher said MAU will once again accept prayer requests by e-mail. Every request, he said, will be prayed for.
Join in the service at noon Thursday in the Marion Hatcher Center, 519 Greene St., or send prayer requests to workforce firstname.lastname@example.org.