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May 1, 2014

National Day of Prayer has long history

This year, the National Day of Prayer turns 240.

And still, different faiths all over America pay homage to the National day of observance, originally set out by the Continental Congress in 1774 by the founding fathers of this country, just one year before the battles of Lexington and Concord, widely considered the first in the American Revolution.

In Woodward, the chairman of the National Day of Prayer program is Eric Cox, pastor of Living Word Fellowship.

“I have been the Woodward County prayer coordinator for 12 years,” Cox said. “So what we have done is planned a prayer program from noon to 1 p.m. at the lawn of the Woodward County Courthouse.”

Cox said several ministers from area churches will be on hand to pray for the government and its leaders both locally as well as nationally.

The public is encouraged to attend.

“What will happen is that the Mayor will be there first and he will read off the proclamation naming the 1st of May every year to be the Day of Prayer here,” Cox said. “Then each pastor will take part of the government and lead a prayer for that part of the government and not just the community but also we will pray for churches and families here too.”

The day is important to not just remember but to act upon because it is a freedom shared in the country by all faiths, not just one.

Indeed, nationally many faiths including Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Native American Church, Christians, Buddhists and others, will gather in thousands of organized events across the United States for prayer and meditation.

For Cox though, the importance of the day is about intent and freedom to actively pray for the country and those who lead it.

“I think it is important if the first Continental Congress prayed and asked God for wisdom and His grace and mercy on our land that we should,” Cox said. “We are in a difficult time with the political system the way it is system and the debt we have, well I can think of a better way to make a difference than to come together and pray.”

The program will proceed as follows beginning at noon today:

Welcome - Pastor Eric W. Cox

Proclamation - Mayor Gary Goetzinger

Repentance - Pastor Charlie Baumann

Churches and Family - Pastor Shawn johnson

Government - Pastor Steve Bearden

Military & Media - Pastor Paul Butler

Education: Public and Private - Pastor Guy McGraw

Marketplace and Business - Pastor Ray Blakley

Benediction - Pastor Lee Oran Stinson

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