April 27, 2013

National Day of Prayer to be observed in Dalton

Submitted by event organizers

—  Everyone is invited to join together to pray for our nation, our local officials, our youth, our churches and our soldiers on Thursday at noon on the Whitfield County Courthouse lawn as we join people across our nation on the National Day of Prayer.

There will be plenty of seating for senior citizens and special prayer for the victims of the Boston bombings.

As our nation struggles with continued economic insecurity, vast health care reform and countless challenges to our constitutional rights, citizens of the United States are preparing to exercise their freedom to gather, worship and pray. Millions will answer the call to prayer on Thursday in observance of the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer. Organized events will be held in thousands of public venues where intercession will be made for America and its leadership.

This year’s theme, “Pray for America,” is based on Matthew 12:21 which reminds us that “In his name the nations will put their hope.”

National Day of Prayer Task Force Chairman Shirley Dobson, wife of Family Talk founder James Dobson, has said, “The American people continue to be plagued with challenges that defy simple answers, and our hope lies in humbly seeking the Almighty’s guidance, protection, and blessing — not only on the National Day of Prayer, but throughout the year.”

Greg Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship and founder of Harvest Crusades, will serve as the 2013 honorary chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force and will give the keynote address at the national observance in Washington, D.C., to be held at the Cannon House Office Building.

To learn more, or to find a National Day of Prayer event in your community, visit www.NationalDayofPrayer.org. For more information on the local observance, contact Pastor Dale Kidd at (706) 259-3255 or Pastor Wayne Cofield at (706) 278-6776.

About the National Day of Prayer

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.