OGDEN -- Area pastors who have been meeting on the steps of the Municipal Building on the first Thursday in May for 20 years got proof this year that their efforts have made a difference.
"Last year, during the National Day of Prayer ceremony, Mayor Godfrey asked us to pray for over 500 jobs in Ogden," said the Rev. Karl Dumas, of First Baptist Church of Ogden. "During the last year, about four times that many jobs have come to Ogden."
This year's theme for the National Day of Prayer was "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," based on Old Testament Scripture Psalms 91:2.
"I will say of the LORD, 'He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust,'" reads that Scripture in the New International Version of the Bible.
Ogden Mayor Matthew Godfrey joined about 25 who prayed this week at this year's event. It was the 12th consecutive year he has joined the group.
Joining the group for the first time was Caitlin Gochnour, chairwoman of the city council.
Dumas said this year, for the first time, the local proclamation declaring the "Community Day of Prayer" was signed by both the mayor and the members of the city council.
Nine pastors from churches in Weber and Davis counties joined together to pray for the seven specific prayer points that have been established by the National Day of Prayer Task Force, under the leadership of Shirley Dobson.
The seven prayer points are government, military, media, business, education, churches and clergy, and families.
Prayer works, and you don't need to wait for a special day of the year to pray," Dumas said. "You can pray for the specific prayer points every day of the year and help cover all Americans with God's power, and from that power comes positive change. Commit to pray and be a part of the change!"
The group was joined by the Rev. Greg Johnson, president of Standing Together, who read the proclamations signed by Gov. Gary Herbert and President Barack Obama declaring May 5, 2011, as a day of prayer.
To learn more about the National Day of Prayer, visit the effort's home page at www.ndptf.org.