National Day of Prayer today

In 1982 the National Prayer Committee was formed to coordinate and implement a fixed annual day of prayer for the goal of organizing evangelical Christian prayer events with local, state, and federal government entities. Abraham Lincoln also had a proclamation for a day of "humiliation, fasting and prayer" in 1863. "That's why we're able to do this". As we approach this day, I am grateful for all of the prayer gatherings that will happen across the United States of America.

This year, Truett Holt will lead the prayer. "Let us be different", he said. "We don't get to do that too often". "We all need to be together and coming together for prayer is ideal".

That means the several hundred participants expected from churches throughout the region will have dry feet to match their warm-hearted petitions as they join thousands throughout the nation to pray.

Applause and shouts of "Amen" and "Yes, Lord" punctuated numerous prayers. "We pray that you will reach into the lives of kids, to help them to know the truth of the Gospel of your son Jesus, that they would find life, hope, goal and meaning". "Amen. Amen. Amen. Thank you, God".

"We wanted to be here for the National Day of Prayer", said Kathy Rogers of Scottsville.

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The Bradley County National Day of Prayer Task Force consists of local pastors, intercessors and ministry leaders. "It's awesome that we come together and pray". "When we're praying for those things, we're praying for God to lead us and guide us together for his strength and his wisdom".

Bush echoed the theme of unity and peace. He said it's time for church leaders to be bold and reclaim that foundation.

Karla Veloz, of Ontario, said, "a hunger for God", is why she attended the service, adding that she would like to see "more of God's power in the world". Sometimes, we feel like there is more we should do. It takes place the first Thursday of May.

Jaime Lively, pastor of the Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, asked for relief for those in need or distress, those who suffer from addictions and their families, people suffering with mental illness or physical ailments, the lonely, those in distress and those separated from God.

  • Rita Burton