What: The National Day of Prayer citywide gathering, cosponsored by Mayor Deke Copenhaver and the South Augusta Pastors Alliance.
Where: Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2
Why: To pray faith-filled and earnest prayer in unity and humility to our Father in heaven.
Who: Everyone – regardless of color, creed, church or denomination – who loves God and who believes that He really hears and answers humble and unified prayers that are prayed in faith.
Why should people gather together and pray? The answer is simple: Prayer really works. God really does hear and answer faith-filled prayers. We know this is true because Jesus taught clearly about prayer in the Bible and because we actually have seen with our own eyes the miraculous answers to many prayers. Yes, God is on the move!
Prayer brings transformation because faith-filled prayer effectively invites God into any situation, even those that seem impossible. When God is there and has been requested to take action, something unpredictable is going to happen. It is not rocket science. When God’s people gather together, especially when they are in unity, and when they humble themselves and pray, God will hear their prayers and heal their land (II Chronicles 7:14, Mark 11:23).
The National Day of Prayer is an ideal opportunity for much prayer, unity and blessing from God. The founders of our nation knew this very well, and prayed frequently and diligently that God would guide and prosper their efforts. It is of historical note that the Continental Congress first established the National Day of Prayer in 1775. In 1952, Congress approved a joint resolution that set aside a day each year specifically to acknowledge the important place held by the ongoing tradition of prayer within our nation.
In the uncertain days ahead it is very possible that we will all be needing more help – grace – from our Heavenly Father. Let us do our part to invite God back into any situation or issue from which He has been “uninvited.” Let us join together to pray for our nation and for the city of Augusta. Come to Sacred Heart Cultural Center this Thursday evening and be part of that prayerful action!
(The writer is writing on behalf of the South Augusta Pastors Alliance.)