Hear our prayer. Forgive our sin.
Prayers for Mercer County's government and local schools, West Virginia and its leaders, the United States government and the people serving in the nation's military were raised Thursday to mark the National Day of Prayer.
The first National Day of Prayer observance, organized by the National Prayer Committee, took place at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. with featured speakers Vice President George Bush and Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie, according to the NDOP website at www.nationaldayofprayer.org.
"There's no question that the nation seems to be divided right now and with conflicts brewing between leaders of foreign lands, people of all faiths are looking for answers", said Carmichael.
"It is growing year after year and that is very encouraging", she said.
The National Day of Prayer belongs to all Americans and is a day that transcends differences, bringing together citizens to celebrate our most beloved freedom; the freedom to humbly come before God and seek His guidance in prayer, organizers explain. Pastor Bob Brown, of the Assemblies of God Church, prayed that the church "may be one", to love unconditionally, declare truth and keep an eternal perspective.
In 1988, the law was changed so that the National Day of Prayer would be held on the first Thursday of May.
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Wallace Memorial Baptist Church is hosting a Prayer Luncheon from 11:30 a.m.to 12:45 p.m. Heal Us, which is inspired by Daniel 9:19.
Keith Anderson, prayer pastor at First Baptist Church of Black Forest, said the day issues a calling "to come back to be people of faith". Prayer is our weapon (to combat problems) and God is going to take care of us. We do not need to be spiritually asleep on this day, but alive and actively calling out to the Father for our nation. The didn't want to be a church that was created by a government. Other prayers were offered for children who are being raised by grandparents and for people enduring the problems of drug abuse.
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".
"We're going to be praying for our country".
Also in 1863, President Lincoln, declared a National Day of Prayer and Fasting.
For the 26th annual National Day of Prayer in Scott, people of all ages from around the community came to pray at the Scott Event Center.