A Pagan at the National Day of Prayer

"We pray that you will reach into the lives of kids, to help them to know the truth of the Gospel of your son Jesus, that they would find life, hope, objective and meaning". As we approach this day, I am grateful for all of the prayer gatherings that will happen across the United States of America.

National Day of Prayer was introduced under the 100th United States Congress and signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.

Events ranging from a prayer breakfast to a gospel concert are set Thursday for the National Day of Prayer.

Most presidents have issued annual or special occasion proclamations for a national day of prayer.

"A lot of different denominations are always represented at the National Day of Prayer", Henry said. Violence, war, poverty and a decaying morality has left the country frail and in need of the strength, fellowship and unity provided by prayer.

In past years, pastors have stood up and led the prayers.

In between the prayers, there will be a time for singing and worship. A pledge to the Christian Flag will be led by Dr. Jeffery Morgan, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church.

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Thursday's National Day of Prayer celebrations in Manatee County have never held such importance, due to unprecedented internal strife among Americans, according to one local pastor.

Then, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., a citywide prayer rally will be held at the East Avondale NET Reach Center, 455 S.E. Golf Park Blvd. Daniel 9:19 says, "O Lord, Listen!"

Quite honestly, I am surprised at how many spiritual leaders in churches, including pastors, do not participate in a National Day of Prayer experience. Let's remember that possibly there is more that God would call us to do. The didn't want to be a church that was created by a government.

"It's kind of eye opening to see this happen at the hope that's out there", said Don Musser, a member of the group.

Cathie Schmidt of Geneva said she attends the prayer service every year.

"You think about our country, it's changed somewhat-you know there's no longer prayer in public school's and we think it's just vitally important to recognize that prayer is extremely important", he said. "Today we pray for our community and our nation".

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