Stafford holds service observing National Day of Prayer

National Day of Prayer observed May 4

It was created in 1952 by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.

In 1988, during the final year of the Reagan presidency, the resolution was amended to permanently set the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May.

Both gatherings feature residents, community leaders and pastors guiding participants through a time of prayer focused on a variety of topics including the nation and its leaders, community and public officials, local pastors, and this weekend's Will Graham event.

For more events, visit National Day of Prayer's website.

Local ministers and others offered prayers for different segments of the nation and the community. Violence, war, poverty and a decaying morality has left the country frail and in need of the strength, fellowship and unity provided by prayer.

"Give us wisdom for the days ahead that we may grow together as churches, focusing not on our theological difference, but on the one thing we all hold in common - Jesus Christ", she said.




On this National Day of Prayer, religious and political leaders joined hands to pray for each other, Alabama and America. 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.

Lee County Day of Prayer - Hosted by Tabernacle of Champions, the observance will be held at the Lee County Courthouse at noon. Doors open at 6:30 a.m. and breakfast service begins at 6:45 a.m. The theme is taken from Daniel 9:19 in the Old Testament. "So, I get up every morning and title the first part of my day to the Lord and I believe he blesses the rest". "We know that it takes prayer to do that".

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".

"Where two or three or more are gathered, there, our Lord is with us", he said.

Pastor Jonathan Barker of Grace Lutheran Church, 2006 60th St., prayed for military and civil servants. "Today we pray for our community and our nation".

"We want to emphasize the importance and value of prayer", Anderson said.

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