While it is important to pray for the community and its leaders every day, Starkville’s Observance of the National Day of Prayer will be a special time for residents to come together as a group to pray for our community, our state and our nation.
Starkville’s observance of the National Day of Prayer is set for noon May 7 at the Starkville Sportsplex. The public is invited to attend.
As part of this year’s event, community leaders will share their personal testimony of the importance of prayer in eight key areas of every community, including government, military, business, media, family, church, education and healthcare.
Some of the speakers for this year’s event include:
- Starkville Mayor Parker Wisemen discussing the importance of prayer in government;
- Marvell Howard, Oktibbeha County Supervisor, discussing the importance of prayer in the military;
- Sen. Gary Jackson discussing the importance of prayer for businesses.
- Rev. Joseph Stone of Second Baptist Church of Starkville discussing the importance of prayer for families; “Prayer is dialogue between mankind and their Heavenly Father,” Rev. Stone said. “Through prayer believers receive the strength, courage, and wisdom to live victorious lives no matter the situations they face. It is the glue that keeps hearts, minds, dream, and hopes intact. With prayer, believers win. Without prayer, believers lose.”
- Dr. Giles Lindley of First United Methodist Church of Starkville discussing the importance of prayer for the church; “Praying for the church, whether it is your own congregation or the church universal, is vital to the life of the church,” said Lindley. “Those prayers tap into the power of God. Those prayers also bind the members of the church together. The church cannot exist without prayer.”
- Dr. Paul Miller, Vice-President of the Golden Triangle Campus of East Mississippi Community College, discussing the importance of prayer in education;
This year marks the 64th annual National Day of Prayer. The theme for 2015 is Lord, Hear Our Cry, emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator. The key scripture will be I Kings 8:28: “Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.”
The National Day of Prayer was established as an annual event in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. The observance of the National Day of Prayer is founded on the constitutional rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion and can be celebrated by all Americans. The National Day of Prayer Task Force concentrates on the need to pray for the well-being of America and for those in leadership on all levels of national, church and educational areas of influence. The National Day of Prayer is observed annually on the first Thursday of May.