With her head bowed and eyes tightly closed, Dora Medina prayed for students across the nation in front of the courthouse in Clinton Thursday during National Day of Prayer Services. Some 70 people gathered for the event at noon.
“We ask in the name of Jesus that your word will find a place in all that is being taught,” Medina said emotionally while holding hands with others.
Medina, a pastor from Bethlehem Pentecostal Baptist, was one of several pastors whose prayers echoed throughout downtown and to heaven during the National Day of Prayer (NDP).
According to the National Day of Prayer Task Force’s website, the mission is to bring together prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture.
The annual observance is held on the first Thursday of May and people of all faiths are invited to pray for the nation. In 1952, President Harry S. Truman signed a joint resolution of the United States Congress acknowledging that day.
“We’re all getting carried away with so many other things and we’re not holding on to the standards of God,” Medina said.
More than 70 people attended the local event. The theme for the 63rd third annual Day of Prayer was “One Force United in Prayer,” which was taken from the Bible, Romans 15:6.
“We will bombard heaven with our petition,” the Rev. Marcus Becton said. “He said if we pray and we ask, he will hear us and answer our prayer. This afternoon, we came just for that.”
During the event, participants prayed for several groups of people. Some of them included the military, leaders in government and caregivers.
Margaret Spivey, local coordinator for NDP, said everybody in the community is welcomed to attend the annual event.
“The public is invited to come and ask for God’s continued blessing on our country and to pray about the things that we really need to take to God so we can do better in our country,” Spivey said.
Linda Honeycutt, a local prayer leader, believes prayer is essential for the nation.
“I’m thankful for what God is doing and to God be the glory,” she said. “We need God to heal our land; people need the Lord. We’re going to see some results from these prayers today in our nation.”
Attendee Laura Kane believes prayer is needed to recover the economy.
“We need jobs, we need to bring back our downtown and help people financially survive in this economy,” Kane said.
Participant Adriana Wells discussed the recent flood and violent shooting incidents.
“We need prayer,” she said.
Patricia Cooper attended last year and said it was an enlightening event. Along with praying for a job, Cooper said she wanted to pray for peace around the world.
“As they say we agree to disagree, but we don’t have to always do it with anger or backstabbing,” Cooper said. “We all have different ideas and opinions, but that should not hinder us from loving one another.”