National Day Of Prayer To Be Held May 4 at Ashley Pond

The McLean County Ministerial Association will host a community prayer service at noon that day on the steps of the McLean County Courthouse in Calhoun.

At each stop, prayers will address a specific focus - government, the media, military, churches, schools, police and fire departments.

This year, the Ridgefield community will have several options to participate in Ridgefield's National Day of Prayer.

Louisiana Baptist Convention President Gevan Spinney said Christians have a spiritual responsibility according to 1 Timothy 2:1-2 to pray for our nation and leaders. "It's going to be a great gathering". President Truman signed it into law, and in 1988 President Reagan signed an amended law designating the first Thursday of May as the official National Day of Prayer. When we read it out in the air I don't know what it accomplishes but he does.

National Day Of Prayer To Be Held May 4 at Ashley Pond

This year marks the church's sixth observance of the National Day of Prayer.

Because of the faith of many of our founding fathers, public prayer and national days of prayer have a long-standing and significant history in American tradition, the site continues.

This year, the National Observance in Washington, D.C., will be held as an evening event, 7:30 p.m.to 9 p.m. (ET). In response, millions will assemble at thousands of local events across the nation, where they will take time out of their daily schedules to intercede on behalf of their communities, their nation, and their leaders.

"We feel like the church is one of the backbones of our community", Ball said.

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"If we humble ourselves and pray, God moves through those prayers", he said after quoting a passage of scripture.

The annual Justice Center Prayer Walk will bring people together to pray at the Hawkins Co.

The National Day of Prayer Task Force was established in 1983 to encourage prayer, personal repentance and righteousness in the culture.

"It's a nice mix of songs and prayer", said Theresa Lee, who has been coordinating the event since 2006.

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The National Day of Prayer event is being sponsored by Cambria City Mission and Franklin Street United Methodist Church.

It was the hard work of our people, the freedom they enjoyed and their faith in God that built this country and made it the envy of the world. "The National Day of Prayer is always the first Thursday in May".

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