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May 3, 2013

Duncan joins the nation in prayer

DUNCAN — Several Duncan residents joined with millions of people around America to pray for influential sectors of the nation.

National Day of Prayer was recognized Thursday and those in Duncan met at the Simmons Center for prayer time and a program. The Christian Men’s Bible Group plans the local gathering each year and this year was lead by Rob Johnson.

“Thank you for joining us today,” Johnson said. “We are joining tens of thousands of people across the nation in praying today.”

There are seven areas that are influential in American today. The first area was government and Johnson asked that the group pray for God’s guidance in the choices made by those in local, state and national government. One of those in attendance was Duncan Mayor Gene Brown.

Churches and church leaders were another area prayed for, and the military and all its various leaders, as well as military families. Next, families were prayed for from the parents to the children.

Education, teachers and administrators was prayed for and business leaders. The seventh area prayed for was the media from movies, television and radio to newspapers and magazines.

“There are many unsettling influences now and our nation needs prayer now maybe more than ever,” Johnson said. “Pray for this nation to be everything God wants it to be.”

The program began with Leigh McEntire singing “Sweet Time of Prayer” and finished with Gary McClain leading the group in singing “God Bless America.” Many of those who attended left wearing “I Prayed” stickers similar to the “I Voted” stickers seen around election time.

They were also given a bookmark that outlined all of the areas of prayer so they can use it throughout the year to continue to pray for the seven areas and its leaders.

“It was sweet to hear all the prayers out loud today,” said Johnson. “It really touched my heart.”

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