Ogden churches to join in National Day of Prayer

Saturday , April 28, 2018 - 5:15 AM

OGDEN — The public is invited to pray in front of the steps of the Ogden Municipal Building starting at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, May 3, in observance of the National Day of Prayer.

Starting at about noon, local evangelical Christian pastors will lead the prayers in recognition of needs throughout the city and nation.

“The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation,” said Karl Dumas, event organizer.

This year’s theme is unity, based on the New Testament scripture Ephesians 4:3

“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace,” reads Ephesians 4:3, according to the New International Bible.

“This challenges us to mobilize unified public prayer for America,” Dumas said.

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“Prayer brings people together,” Dumas said. “Prayer builds bridges between opposing persons and even political parties. Prayer reminds us that we are created in God's image and he desires for us to represent him everywhere we go.”

"There is no great movement of God that has ever occurred that does not begin with the extraordinary prayer of God's people," Dr. Ronnie Floyd, president of the National Day of Prayer organization, said in a news release.

Pastors in attendance will be invited to offer a prayer of one of the seven centers of influence. They are government, military, media and arts, business, education, church, and family.

Pastor Charles Petty of Ogden’s Second Baptist Church will pray for local churches.

“In these difficult times, I will pray that we might have peace and joy,” he said, “that we will penetrate and eradicate darkness.” 

He said he will pray for the churches to be what God is calling them to be.

“We need to come together and pray,” Petty said. “Prayer changes things. ... I think it’s important for people to pray for each other as well as for local churches and congregations to come together.”

The number of people attending this event annually has grown slowly over the years, Dumas said. Last year, there were more than 75 people gathered to pray.

Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell has issued a proclamation naming May 3 as the day of prayer in Ogden, Dumas said. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and President Donald Trump issued similar proclamations. 

“We should be glad that we are free to come together as a nation to pray,” Dumas said.

The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.

A national task force that encourages observance of the National Day of Prayer is a privately funded Judeo-Christian organization, Dumas said, although all are welcome at this event.

“We are encouraging pastors to spread the word to their congregations and invite people to attend this annually observed day of national prayer,” Dumas said. “Americans of all faiths are invited to pray, of course, but our gathering is a distinctively evangelical prayer service.”

For more information on the National Day of Prayer, visit nationaldayofprayer.org.

The Ogden Municipal Building is located at 2549 Washington Blvd. in Ogden.

You may reach reporter JaNae Francis at jfrancis@standard.net or 801-625-4228. Follow her on Twitter at @JaNaeFrancisSE or on Facebook at Facebook.com/SEJaNaeFrancis.

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