National Day of Prayer observed

National Day of Prayer observed May 4

Thursday marks the 66th annual national day of prayer.

Our theme this year is For Your Great Name's Sake!

"We want our community to join us as we pray together for our city and our great nation", said the Rev. Justin Blankenship, a Ministerial Alliance member. Daniel 9:19 says, "O Lord, Listen!" O Lord, Hear and Act!

From time to time we argue and fret over laws and rulings that have outlawed prayer in certain places (particularly our schools). The event was designated by the United States Congress as early as 1775.

To enable his soldiers to observe the day, Washington ordered a one-day halting of recreation and "unnecessary labor".

This is an informal prayer service, which begins at noon, that will start with a short video produced by a National Prayer Day committee. It was in 1952 that a joint resolution of Congress was signed by President Harry Truman to create this day. "You don't have to wait until the first Thursday of May next year", he said.

The third annual event in the Falls, being held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today, was originally planned for Hyde Park, but after checking out the muddy, windy and wet location near Duck Island on Wednesday, planners made a decision to move the celebration indoors to the veterans post nearby. "Today, people will feel comfortable stepping forward and praying for whatever is on their hearts - for this nation, for our leaders, for our community and whatever their concerns were". Since its inception, this day has continually united Americans from all socio-economic, political, and ethnic backgrounds in prayer while also encouraging personal repentance and righteousness in the culture. Thursday though we were reminded of what is like when people put aside their differences and gather together to call upon God for a common objective.

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Pastor Prisciliano Flores prays at the Bakersfield National Day of Prayer program held at the Liberty Bell in downtown Bakersfield.

Blankenship is the organizer of this year's event. It will be held at the Sumter County Civic Center, 700 W. Liberty Street. We are specifically seeking guidance in seven areas: government, church, the military, families, education, the media and business.

You may bring chairs and are encouraged to do so.

There will be an event at the Sevier County courthouse throughout the day from 6 a.m.to 8 p.m. Speakers include mayors and pastors.

In the event of inclement weather, the city gym will be utilized.

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