Thursday's Editorial

Today is the day to pray for our county, our nation

Let us pray.

Today is the National Day of Prayer, a time set aside for people of all faiths to pray for America. The prayer day has its roots in a proclamation by the Continental Congress calling for “a day of publick humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1775.

George Washington, John Adams and Abraham Lincoln all asked Americans to pray on specific days during their terms as president, and Harry S. Truman signed a bill in 1952 proclaiming a National Day of Prayer. The law was amended in 1988 to make the National Day of Prayer the first Thursday of May each year.

Coweta County is a praying place. Churches abound, and prayers are said as part of many public events – as well as in the private moments of Coweta’s people. The Newnan Kiwanis Club – continuing a tradition begun several years ago – is sponsoring a free prayer breakfast today from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall at First Baptist Church of Newnan.

Scott Klusendorf, president of  Life Training Institute, will be the speaker.

There will be music by the St. Smyrna Baptist Church Praise Team. Jayme Sickert, pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church, and Scott Ballentine, minister of evangelism at Cornerstone United Methodist Church, will also take part in that event.

Three gatherings will also be held at noon at central public places in Coweta County. Those who want to pray with others at midday can make their way to the Greenville Street Park in Newnan, the gazebo on Main Street in Senoia or the flagpole at the Glanton Municipal Complex in Grantville.

Those three gatherings have also been taking place for several years on the first Thursday in May.

Political leaders, military personnel, teachers, public safety workers, people from all walks of life and children – the leaders of our community tomorrow – will be the focus of prayers at public gatherings today. No doubt the current economic situation will also have a central place in public and private prayers offered today in Coweta County and across the nation.

The verse of Scripture specially chosen for this year’s observance of the National Day of Prayer is Matthew 12:21: “In His name the nations will put their hope.” Today is a day when – as a community and as a country – we can collectively look to the Almighty for guidance and be reminded of God’s sustaining love.

Greg Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., and founder of the Harvest Crusades, is honorary chairman of this year’s National Day of Prayer. “If we pray, God will hear,” Laurie said. “When He hears, who knows what He might do?”

Whatever your faith, wherever you are, whatever your concerns – take time today to pray.



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