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National Day of Prayer To Be Observed

By Staff | May 4, 2016

The front of the Wetzel County Courthouse will be the site of a National Day of Prayer service at 7 p.m. May 5. The event, sponsored by the New Martinsville Ministerial Association, will include pastors and people from various churches and walks of life. All are invited to attend lift up the community and country in prayer. Photo Provided

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for our nation.

Locally, the New Martinsville Ministerial Association is sponsoring two events on May 5 for this special day.

The day begins early at 6 a.m. with a breakfast and time of prayer at the First Baptist Church on Fourth Street. Pre-selected individuals will offer prayers for specific areas of emphasis.

Then that evening there will be a public prayer service held at 7 p.m. on the front porch/steps area of the Wetzel County Courthouse. Pastors and people from various churches and walks of life will be involved in the service that will specifically lift up seven areas of life in prayer: government, church, military, family, education, media, and business.

This time will also include some special music to complement the service.

The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. However, the National Day of Prayer is actually even older than our country. It was first declared by the Continental Congress in 1775.

Since its inception, the National Day of Prayer has continually united Americans from all socio-economic, political, and ethnic backgrounds in prayer while also encouraging personal repentance and righteousness in the culture. The National Day of Prayer belongs to all Americans and is a day that transcends differences, bringing together citizens to celebrate our most beloved freedom-the freedom to humbly come before God and seek His guidance in prayer.

Shirley Dobson serves as the national chairman and Dr. Tony Evans serves as the national honorary chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. The Theme for 2016 is Wake Up America and is based on Isaiah 58:1.