LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Thursday, May 1, 2014, marked the National Day of Prayer. The theme for the nation-wide event was "one voice united in prayer."
The National Day of Prayer service held at the Lufkin Civic Center had a "very special meaning" for one woman.
"The tears were flowing, and we were raising our hands and praising our Father," said Lufkin resident Lisa Sitze.
Sitze was just one of about 100 people who took part in the National Day of Prayer Service at the Lufkin Civic Center and stood up for the "man upstairs."
"As many people that we had here we are hoping that someone left here and was affected deeply because if we could reach just one person, then we are doing our goal today," said organizer Brent Lee.
Sitze says although the ceremony was only 30 minutes long, that was all it took to touch her heart.
"I could tell you that I got a blessing today," Sitze said. "The spirit of God is moving."
She confessed that last year was quite an emotional roller coaster for her and said it has pushed her closer to God. After overcoming her personal struggles, she just wanted to send a clear message to those who might be dealing with their own struggles right now - pray.
Although she was moved by Thursday's service, one thing bugged her.
"I am sad that we just don't have enough Christians to stand up," Sitze said.
Here are some quick facts about the National Day of Prayer.
The first Continental Congress called for a national day of prayer in 1775.
In 1952, Congress passed a joint resolution about the national day of prayer, which was signed President Harry Truman signed.
And in 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Ronald Reagan, designating the National Day of Prayer to be held on the first Thursday of May.