Prayer event blesses nation’s leaders
Benjamin Franklin reminded our nation’s leaders that “God governs in the affairs of men.”
It’s a message many Americans still take to heart and honor annually during the National Day of Prayer.
A small group of religious leaders and Christians gathered on the steps of the Mesa County Courthouse Thursday afternoon to pray for our nation’s governing bodies.
“I believe our nation is in crisis and our first and fundamental answer would be prayer,” said David Crowley, pastor of The Gathering.
The National Day of Prayer remembers the first call to prayer by the Continental Congress as they asked God’s advise and guidance when forming our nation, said Jim Hale, coordinator of the event an a member of the Ministry Alliance, as he addressed the audience.
In 1952, President Truman declared at National Day of Prayer that would be observed annually, he said.
The attendees prayed together, then split into smaller groups to pray for specific members of our government. Those included President Barack Obama, U.S. Representative Scott Tipton, members of the Supreme Court, Mesa County Commissioners, and City Council members.
“It just feels like it’s extremely important to have God’s blessing. This nation was founded on Christian principles and it’s important to uphold those,” said Greg Farmer of Cross Point Church.
And, always the group remembered to be thankful to the founding fathers for the right to assemble in a public area and pray.
“This is a part of the restoration that is truly needed in our nation today,” Hale said.