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May 2, 2014

Large crowd turns out for Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

DUNCAN — Duncan Mayor Gene Brown said he found himself overwhelmed by the presence of God on Thursday at the first-ever Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast.

Brown said he was nearly moved to tears — tears of joy — by the response to the Christian event. About 220 people attended, which Brown hopes becomes an annual event for Duncan.

“I realized how great God is, how wonderful God is,” Brown said to his audience. “Our community has been through a lot. We’ve always been able to pull through. It’s something we’ll continue to do.”

The guest speaker, state Sen. Corey Brooks, R-Washington, talked about the importance of God in every aspect of life. Brooks delivered his remarks after seven local pastors prayed about items ranging from government and media  to education and family.

Brooks praised Brown for keeping God in the forefront of his mind and the minds of Duncan residents.

“Mr. Mayor, you have done and will do a great many things as a community leader,” Brooks said. “But nothing will compare to putting God first.”

He said God’s accessibility helps people discover his greatness. And the best communication is prayer.

Brooks said prayer enabled God to speak to Noah and Moses, and that after prayer was abolished for 30 days Daniel found himself thrown into a den of lions discover that prayer saved him from death.

“There’s real power in prayer,” the lawmaker said.

In his life, Brooks said he has discovered a path created by God for him to follow, and that prayer is about having a relationship with God and improving one’s self.

“Prayer is not a wish from a genie,” Brooks said. “There’s so much more to prayer than that. Prayer is not therapy. It is therapeutic, but it so much more. Prayer is not just a moment of silence. Prayer is so much more than pausing for a moment.

“We cannot overlook the fact that prayer is a communication with his children through Jesus Christ. We believe there’s power in prayer. I want us to continue to pray for our leaders. Nobody serves in leadership roles without God’s day.”

He said many aspects of life need prayer, from community leaders to education to military troops. Brooks said he was excited to share is relationship with God with members of the community through the prayer breakfast.

“God has blessed this gathering so that we may continue to do this year after year, if not more often,” Brooks said.

Chris Deal, president of the Duncan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, served as master of cermonies for the prayer breakfast.

He and Brown said the event was a way to keep thinking about God while reflecting on their spiritual heritage.

Despite the name of the breakfast, Brown said the event was “not about me.”

“It’s about God,” he said.

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