Greencastle-Antrim residents call for healing on National Day of Prayer

Robyn Valdez
May 6, 2017

Nevertheless, there they were - quite literally gathered by the power of prayer. "Prayer can do what we can't do, and prayer can go where we can't go, and prayer can heal what we can't heal", Fletcher told the crowd of about 35.

The current law formalizing its observance was enacted in 1952, although earlier days of fasting and prayer had been established by the Second Continental Congress from 1775 until 1783, and by President John Adams in 1798 and 1799.

A national task exists to promote the event and encourage participation throughout the United States.

Every year, McDowell County observes the National Day of Prayer on the front lawn of the courthouse in downtown Marion, as do countless other communities throughout the nation.

Dozens came together at noon at Bartlett City Hall to pray for our nation, as well as state and local leaders. Violence, war, poverty and a decaying morality has left the country frail and in need of the strength, fellowship and unity provided by prayer.

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"We'll pray for God to help us bring order to the chaos", she said. It's the 66th annual National Day of Pray.

Each year the National Day of Prayer is held on the first Thursday in May.

A live stream of the event will be available at the NDP website from 6:30 8 p.m.

Bill Houck, organizer of the local event and pastor of NorthStar Baptist Church, said after the service that the event is needed in the community.

"I know what prayer can do", said Clarke. We see in Acts that there were appointed times and places for prayer. "I believe that is essential if we expect God to hear us". The didn't want to be a church that was created by a government.

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Eddie Barnes, a pastor at Clinton Community Church, leads the National Day of Prayer service.

Still more prayers were offered for people across the world who are killed, imprisoned, and persecuted in other ways for practicing their faith.

As Americans reflect in their own way on this National Day of Prayer, we close with some verses from the Good Book.

It is meant to be a simple gathering, with Christian leaders in our city leading those who gather in a short prayer focusing on one of the topics listed.

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