WEEKLY PRAYER FOR THE NATION
By Helen Wilson
A very important gathering takes place every Thursday at noon on the old Burke County Courthouse square. People from different churches in Morganton and the surrounding area meet to pray for our nation, state, county and town and for those in authority and those serving in various capacities. Each Thursday a different church is responsible for leading the prayer time. This prayer time began last August 4 and has been held each Thursday since then and will continue each Thursday until May 4, 2017. The group size has ranged from 5 to a high of 40 with a usual group of 10-15. The person leading the prayer time usually begins with scripture and then leads in a time of prayer with emphasis on the needs of the nation, state and community. The prayer time is very informal and usually lasts about 15 minutes.
This time of prayer was born in the minds of some of the ladies who serve on the Burke County National Day of Prayer Committee and who organize and plan the National Day of Prayer event for Burke County each year. The group felt that organized prayer for the nation should not be limited to 1 day each year, and that there were enough churches in the area to lead the prayer time weekly, with a particular church being responsible only once or twice in a year. At the last National Day of Prayer May 5, 2016, the idea was presented and many of those present indicated an interest and willingness to participate. So, with a little effort, contacts were made and a schedule prepared for the weekly prayer time. Pastors, leaders and members from many different churches and denominations have participated and have made this a very special event.
There is hope and anticipation that this prayer emphasis will continue beyond the next National Day of Prayer, May 4 this year. Hopefully other churches will become involved and the attendance will grow as well. As Christians, we have a duty to pray for our nation and those in authority. “I exhort therefore, that, first of all supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.” I Timothy 2:1-3, KJV. A good reason for doing this in a public place is the witness to our belief in prayer.
All churches are asked to share information about this ongoing prayer emphasis and encourage all who are able to be a part of meeting with other Christians united in prayer for this great nation.