Baptist churches and other groups across the state banded together May 3 to observe the National Day of Prayer.
All day long, dozens gathered at nearly 60 designated sites ranging from churches to courthouse steps to intercede for the nation. For all of the sites, this observance included public prayer; for some, it also included a meal, a message, music or even a Bible reading marathon.
In Birmingham, Montgomery, Oneonta and Tuscaloosa, the day of prayer observance kicked off just such a marathon. As part of the event, volunteers take turns reading the Bible aloud over the city for several days until they have read it cover to cover.
Troy and Ozark also held Bible reading marathons starting April 29 and finishing up on the day of prayer.
“Today all across our country, people will gather for the National Day of Prayer,” Steve Sellers, church relations manager for Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries, wrote on Facebook on May 3. “May we do so with a broken repented heart crying out to the Lord for a Great Awakening.”
He called on Christians to gather “with a hunger, a desire and a passion for the power of God to fall upon our nation.”
The National Day of Prayer has been observed annually since 1952. (TAB)