Public invited to Day of Prayer

Public invited to Day of Prayer
By GLENDA CAUDLE
Special Features Editor
At the four corners of a building where man’s laws are considered, adapted, mandated and then used as a yardstick for measuring guilt or innocence, people who believe those laws flow from the wisdom of a Higher Power will gather to pray for the community governed by the precepts.
The occasion — planned for Thursday at noon at the Obion County Courthouse in downtown Union City — will be celebrated nationwide as the National Day of Prayer. It will mark the 61st official observance of such a scale of activity among people of faith.
The Rev. Jack Long, director of missions for Beulah Baptist Association and president of the Obion County Ministerial Association, which sponsors the local observance, invites all those who believe in the power of prayer to meet at the site and choose one of the “corners” designated for prayer for the nation’s government, prayer for the nation’s military, prayer for the nation’s families and prayer for the nation’s educational systems.
Long will provide a welcome and brief word of instruction before the intercession time begins.
“The members of the Obion County Ministerial Association invite everyone to come to the courthouse and then to choose any of the areas of prayer and lay before the Lord what is on their heart,” he said.
Shirley Dobson, chairman of the National Day of Prayer task force, has said, “In light of the unprecedented challenges the United States faces at this critical juncture, I’m especially encouraged to know that so many are raising their voices in repentance, praise and intercession. The theme for this year’s National Day of Prayer is, ‘One  Nation Under God,’ and it is based on Psalm 33:12, which reminds us that ‘Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.’ How reassuring to know of our Heavenly Father’s protection and guidance — and how vital prayer is for the healing of our land and its citizens.”
A pamphlet produced by the national sponsoring organization suggests the following guides for prayer:
• Praise — thank God for what He has already accomplished through Jesus;
• Repent — confess your sins and shortcomings. Repent personally and on behalf of our nation. The Lord is quick to forgive when we come to Him.
• Ask — ask God to reveal truth, turn our hearts back to Him and  bring healing.
• Yield — Yield to the Lord and recognize He has heard our prayers and will answer according to His will. He is waiting to provide guidance and direction.
The national program has suggested incorporating the following prayer concerns into times of communion with God on Thursday: government, church, military, family, education, media and business.
Dr. David Jeremiah, founder of Turning Point and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church, is the honorary chairman of this year’s Judeo-Christian expression of the National Day of Prayer. The organization’s goal is to “mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture.”
 Published in The Messenger 5.1.12

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