BY MELANIE BUCK –
On Thursday, May 4th, the annual National Day of Prayer was celebrated in Polk County on the Courthouse lawn at noon. Near one hundred residents showed up to hold hands and pray as one for our nation, those within it, and those who protect it.
The 2017 theme, For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us… Forgive Us…Heal Us! Was taken from Daniel 9:19, which says, “O Lord, Listen! O Lord, Forgive! O Lord, Hear and Act! For Your Sake, O My God…” On Thursday, thousands of individuals, churches, and communities worked to rally millions of Christian’s to once again heed this call. National organizers said, “Scripture tells us again and again that our fervent prayer is effective. That our loving God responds to His children’s earnest pleas in mighty ways that avail much, and ultimately determine the course of history. At this crucial time for our nation, we can do nothing more important than pray.”
The National Day of Prayer is held each year, by Presidential proclamation, on the first Thursday in May.