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May 1, 2014

‘Power in numbers’

National Day of Prayer observed at courthouse

The No. 1 priority in this nation isn’t economic change or political reform, according to Mike Bagwell.

This country needs a spiritual revival, he said, and the way to get that is through prayer.

“Turn us back unto thee,” Bagwell, a traveling evangelist who lives locally, prayed during the National Day of Prayer on the Whitfield County Courthouse lawn on Thursday afternoon. “James (4:8 in the Bible) tells us, ‘If we draw nigh to God, God will draw nigh to thee.’”

Barbara Land, of Dalton, believes Christians should come together in a public setting more often to pray, that America will only become better with prayer.

“I’m a Christian and I believe in prayer,” she said before the event. “It’s what’s holding this nation together. There is power in numbers. We need to come together in one mind and of one accord.”

Sara Johnson, of Whitfield County, tries to attend the National Day of Prayer event in Whitfield County each year with her four children.

“I think it’s important to take advantage of being able to pray in public,” Johnson said. “It shows our community our concern.”

The gospel group Appointed Quartet, of Tunnel Hill, performed several songs. Dalton Mayor Pro-tem George Sadosuk read a proclamation declaring May 1, 2014, a Day of Prayer in Dalton. The event is held the first Thursday of May each year.

Ten people prayed on specific topics, such as for the military, public servants and government leaders.

“I believe hope for America is in the church house, not the White House,” said Pastor Dale Kidd of Deep Springs Baptist Church of the Beaverdale community, who led the ceremony, as he introduced Pastor James Watts, who prayed for churches.

Watts asked God to help others see Christ in the churches and Christians in the community.

“Help us be that lighthouse in the community,” he said.

Others prayed for the community.

“Whatever ethnicity we’re part of, we ask for unity,” said Pastor Carlos Mohan. “Help us put love into action, live it, practice it.”

Mohan prayed for a “new beginning” in the community where the people are more united.

Bobby Hughes, director of the Elbert Shaw Regional Youth Detention Center in Dalton, prayed for the young people in the community because they will be the next leaders.

“The devil’s trying to destroy our nation,” Hughes prayed. “Protect our youth ... guard and keep them.”

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