Group gathers at courthouse as part of National Day of Prayer

Photo by Donnita Fisher

By Donnita Fisher

Managing Editor


Groups around the country gathered May 7 as part of the National Day of Prayer and those in Van Zandt County joined in by congregating on the east side courthouse steps shortly after noon.

“This is the largest crowd we’ve had,” Word of Victory Pastor Mike Burns said. “We’re asking God to hear the cries of our hearts as we cry out to Him.”

The National Day of Prayer has been observed since 1952. It is held the first Thursday of May. This year’s theme was “Lord, Hear Our Cry.”

Five individuals offered prayers and the program was opened and closed by the Van Zandt County Choir led by First Baptist Church Music Minister John Bell.

Mike Roberson offered the prayer for America. He asked those in attendance to remember to pray for the U.S. Supreme Court as it makes historic decisions and reminded that “God is bigger than can we imagine.”

In his prayer, Roberson asked that God “lead us forward in righteousness and … for America to turn its heart back to you.” In closing he prayed for God’s “blessing, protection and shield of wisdom” for our country.

The church was the prayer topic for Randy Sadler. Sadler asked that we be given “eyes to see and ears to hear God’s power at work in us” and that those in attendance at the prayer service would be able to “show the light of Jesus” to others.

“Show us your will, your way in your time,” Sadler said. “Come, Lord, heal our land.”

Helping children was the topic of Donna Drake’s prayer time. She prayed that the Lord would “raise up spiritual mentors and healers” and that we would be to teach the Good News “so children can understand their potential in Jesus Christ and we might acknowledge the Lord in all our ways so our paths can be made straight.”

John 3:16 was the verse cited by Adam Henderson as he prayed for the community’s youth. John 3:16 reads For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whosoever believes on Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Henderson substituted the word youth for world and said “love wasn’t enough, He needed the so in there.” 


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