As on most days, the students of Curtis Baptist School prayed before lunch.
Today their prayers focused not on a meal, but on their country, state and school.
Second- through 12th-graders celebrated the National Day of Prayer with a service in Curtis Baptist Church's sanctuary.
If there was ever a need for prayer, this is it, said DJ Cleve Walker, the voice of morning radio and news at WAFJ-FM (88.3.
Mr. Walker told students that he never imagined living in a day when Americans would accept a change in the definition of marriage, where the Earth, and not its creator, would be an object of worship.
The good news, he said, is that against the backdrop of every period of lawlessness in our nation ... we always saw our greatest revival.
The Rev. Mark Sterling, pastor of Curtis Baptist Church, prayed that students would encounter the truth of God daily.
Susan Swanson, executive director of the Augusta Care Pregnancy Center, prayed for those who make policy decisions about abortion.
The students also bowed their heads as community and school leaders prayed for Christians in Congress, the next Supreme Court judge and President Obama's salvation.
There's real power in prayer to change things, Mr. Walker said.
There's hope, he said, not only for this nation. There's hope for our church. There's hope for our society.