People turn to prayer for many reasons, to lift others up who are hurting, to seek guidance, or to ask for mercy.
On Thursday, area residents and members of the Cherokee County Ministerial Alliance attended the 62nd National Day of Prayer ceremony at the Dream Theater to “Pray for America,” this year’s theme.
Dave Thomas, pastor of New Life Worship Center, opened the event by telling participants he’d learned just today that members of the military can now face a court-martial for sharing their religious beliefs.
“If ever our nation needed prayer, it’s today,” said Thomas. “Our president has appointed five members of his cabinet who are members of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
Thomas told attendees he believes every person can be saved, and that he’s glad people are afforded the privilege to pray.
Mayor Jason Nichols was an invited guest, and proclaimed May 2, 2013, as a National Day of Prayer in Tahlequah. He urged citizens to gather to find unity in their hearts for all of mankind.
The event featured patriotic music, and proclamations for a number of areas of society, including the government, the church, the military, families, schools, media and business.
First Baptist Church Pastor Buddy Hunt read the proclamation for the government, Psalm 48:14: “For this God is our God forever and ever; he will be our guide even unto death.”
During his prayer, Hunt ask that the president, Congress and the Supreme Court of the United States be lifted up and that they turn their eyes back to God.
“We pray they remember the foundation of this country is one nation, under God,” said Hunt
“We pray they return their thoughts to the dream of our forefathers.”
First Assembly of God Rev. Terry Stone prayed for the nation’s military. He said he is grateful for all who serve.
“We recognize the nation is in the fight of its life for moral stability,” said Stone. “Thank you, Lord, for the dedicated troops who display dignity on a daily basis.”
Help-In-Crisis Executive Director Margaret Cook delivered the proclamation for families, from Psalm 34:11-15: “Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and his ears are open unto their cry.”
Tahlequah Nazarene Church Pastor Jason Powers offered the proclamation for the media, and during his prayer said it’s important for families to control what media comes into their homes and affects their families.
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