Every aspect of society was covered in prayer today as community members gathered at First United Methodist Church for the National Day of Prayer service.
With the theme “One Voice United in Prayer,” the prayers included calls for repentance and revival.
The service began with the National Prayer, written by Anne Graham Lotz, and used in services across the country. It was led by Chuck Meehan, CEO of Volunteers of America of North Lousiana.
“In the darkness, you are our light. In the storm, you are our anchor,” he said. “Hear our prayer, forgive our sin and heal our land.”
The congregation made up of downtown businessmen in suits, church members in dresses and even police officers in uniform, joined him in the prayer.
They were followed by community members offering prayers for specific aspects of the community from government to business to the family.
“In these uncertain times, we ask for your hedge of protection, around our business community – not for personal gain but so we may use our resources for your works,” attorney Geoff Westmoreland said.
In each case, the prayer leader lifted up government leaders that they might make wise decisions and acknowledged where the community has fallen short. And each spoke from their experience.
Dianne Campbell, wife of retired Gen. Charles Campbell, led the prayer for the military.
“We pray military leaders will make wise advisors to the civilian leadership and selfless servants to those in their charge,” she said.
The Rev. Pat Day, senior pastor at First Methodist closed the service with a message about the power of prayer, calling the community to humility, selflessness and earnestness.
“National revival begins with you and with me when we begin to pray,” he said.