National Day of Prayer – May 4, 2017

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Thursday, May 4th is National Day of Prayer. This morning, middle school teacher Angela Nible led all students in prayer, as everyone stood hand-in-hand around the school. Teachers & staff are taking time to pray for our nation at the beginning of each hour. There are 7 spheres of influence that we are praying for: Business, Government/Military, Entertainment, Media, Education, Family and Church/Religion. Please take a moment to ask your student about their day.

Daniel 9:19 “O Lord, Listen! O Lord, Forgive! O Lord, Hear and Act! For Your Sake, O My God…”

National Day of Prayer

Williston Herald, Friday, May 5/by Jamie Kelly:

On National Day of Prayer, people gathered around the country, some in churches and some, like in Williston, outdoors, all with the same goal — prayer.

Dozens gathered in Harmon Park at noon Thursday to hear readings from the Bible, songs from students at Williston Trinity Christian School, prayers for everyone from families to elected officials and reflections on the importance of prayer.

“This is something that God wants us to do,” Peter Simpson, the local chairman of the National Day of Prayer, told the crowd. “We are here to pray for our country, our city, our people, because that is what God has said he wants us to do.”

The crowd was the largest Dennis Jensen, executive director of Williston Basin Youth for Christ, had seen in his time in Williston.

He said he was happy to see a wide cross section of the community, including people of all ages, at the event, which was sponsored by the Williston Evangelical Ministerial Fellowship.

“I believe it will help to make a difference in bringing us back to basics, spiritually and morally, where we need to be,” he said.

In a short homily, Simpson reflected on the biblical story of Daniel, which was the theme for this year’s National Day of Prayer. He told the gathered crowd that at a difficult time, while in captivity in Babylon, Daniel prayed, but also kept his focus on God’s will.

People should be praying that “whatever happens to us happens for the sake of his great name,” Simpson said.

After his homily, ministers and members of local churches took turns guiding the audience in silent prayer for families, churches, businesses, educators, members of the military and law enforcement, elected officials and the media.

This year was the 66th annual National Day of Prayer. The event was inaugurated by President Harry S. Truman in 1952 and moved to the first Thursday in May by President Ronald Reagan in 1982.

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