The Duncan Banner

April 26, 2013

Day of Prayer service returns to afternoon format

Rebeka Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN —

This year’s annual National Day of Prayer will put the focus on praying for America to return to the values and principles on which it was founded.
Each year, the Christian Men’s Bible Group gets together to plan the local gathering of prayer to join millions of others across the nation doing the same. From 10:30 a.m. to noon and from 12:50-1:30 p.m. May 2, there will be come and go prayer time in the Simmons Center Chisholm Trail Hall III. 
At noon, an opening song, sung by Leigh McEntire, will begin the service. Following that will be prayer led to ask God’s guidance for the seven topics of National Prayer Day which are: government, church, military, family, education, media and business.
“In years past, we have gotten a representative for each group to lead that section but we will be limited on time,” said Jerry Whitten, one of the event organizers. “Rob Johnson will introduce the prayer subjects.”
Last year’s event was held at 6:35 a.m. and resulted in a m much smaller attendance than in previous years. Whitten said that is why they moved it back to an afternoon service. Before last year, this event has seen as many as 125 people participate.
“I don’t know what to expect this year, so I’m not going to speculate,” Whitten said. “We feel that the need (for prayer) is just as great or greater than in the past and we’re praying for our nation.”
“Pray For America” is the slogan printed on this year’s materials. They look back on what several of the nation’s presidents and other leaders have stated in the past in regards to how the nation was founded on Christian ideals and should keep that way.
“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God,” George Washington is quoted.
The Duncan gathering for the National Day of Prayer is open to everyone, no matter the church they attend or even if they don’t attend a church.
“The idea is to get great numbers praying for specific things so that it may multiply the effect of prayer,” said Whitten. “Everyone will get a prayer guide that can be used throughout the year.”