Prayers went up Tuesday morning during a prayer service in Bellmead for the community and people hurt in the Branch Davidian standoff.

The first Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast drew together local political leaders, police officers, firefighters and members of the Tri-cities Ministerial Alliance at the Bellmead Civic Center.

Curtis Holland, a chaplain at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, told the 50 people at the service that prayer is the key to dealing with everyday difficulties and the situation at Mount Carmel.

“I’ve found that when people pray there is something about them that makes them strong,” he said.

Holland said the community needs to heal from 51 days of struggling with the standoff.

“Somehow, prayer time makes us think about things beautiful,” he said.

The Rev. Tim Baker at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bellmead encouraged people to pray for the families of the cult members and law enforcement officials involved in the standoff.

Bellmead Mayor Russell Devorsky said the breakfast, originally planned to take place near Easter, was delayed by recent events.

Read the Tribune-Herald's 7-part investigative series on the inner workings of the Branch Davidians. Hours after Part Two appeared in print, the ATF raided the group's compound.

Read the Tribune-Herald’s account of the ATF raid on the Branch Davidian compound on Feb. 28, 1993. Four ATF agents and six in the compound were killed in the gunfight.

Read the daily news accounts of the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Elk, which began Feb. 28 and lasted until April.

Read the accounts of April 19 and beyond: FBI agents began inserting canisters of tear gas into the Branch Davidian compound in the early morning hours. By noon, it was on fire.