National Day of Prayer will be observed May 1

The 2014 Washington County observance of the National Day of Prayer will be held on the steps of the Washington County Courthouse in Marietta beginning at noon on Thursday, May 1. The prayer event is one hour long and will include prayer, proclamation, and music. Special music will be provided by students from Wood County Christian School and Local trumpet player David Wells. Over the years, there has been great participation from pastors, civil leaders, educators, marketplace place leaders, military leaders, fathers, mothers, and young people. This event welcomes believers from many denominations and independent churches in the MOV that carry a passion to see prayer and the proclamation of the Word strengthened in our communities. Consider bringing a folding lawn chair with you.

The theme for the 2014 National Day of Prayer is One Voice United in Prayer. It emphasizes the need for individuals to join together in corporate prayer, calling upon the unfailing character of God, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities, and men – the God under whom this nation stands.

Areas of prayer for the MOV will include the stewardship of growth in our natural resources, dealing with the proliferation of meth, heroin, and pharmaceuticals and their influence on our region. We will pray for the safety of our children, strengthening of our marriages and families. We will also lead in prayer for civil leaders, businesses, education, military and matters pertaining to life and freedom.

The MOV has many pastors that gather monthly for prayer and communication and the National Day of Prayer is an opportunity to bring their shared community leadership together for this event. When leaders from many different churches and members from their congregations come together in the city square to seek God in prayer, things will be different. Answers to prayer are expected and should become the norm according to 2 Chronicles 7:14.

The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States of America, evidenced by the Continental Congress’ proclamation in 1775 setting aside a day of prayer. In 1952, Congress established an annual day of prayer and in 1988, that law was amended, designating the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May.

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