From staff reports
Thursday marks the 62nd National Day of Prayer, and local event organizers hope to draw the community together.
The annual prayer breakfast is slated for 6:30 a.m. at the Family Life Center at Freedom Church, located at 500 Underwood Road, off of South Elbert Street.
There is no charge for breakfast.
The event is organized each year through the Maranatha Mission Outreach.
“Maranatha has been sponsoring this breakfast for the last 20 or so years,” said Maranatha Outreach President Kenneth Eady, who helps put the event together each year.
The program typically lasts about an hour and includes a full breakfast, music, remarks and opening and closing prayer. Guest speaker for this year’s breakfast is Tim Smith, Group Life pastor of Northridge Christian Church. Smith joined the Northridge staff last August.
Eady said the prayer breakfast typically draws around 100 attendees.
“We hope every year we have someone new that comes,” he said. “It’s more just coming together praying for the government, praying for the nation and praying for the healing of the country.”
In Washington, D.C., the National Day of Prayer service will happen on Capitol Hill at the Cannon House Office Building, home to offices of House of Representatives members.
The theme for this year’s National Day of Prayer is based on the Bible verse Matthew 12:21, which states that in God’s name, the “nations will put their hope.”
Aside from praying for the country, Eady said he hopes the event impacts individuals on the local level as well.
“We’re the only Christ that most folks will ever see,” he said. “That’s really what we’re after … it’s just an awareness. We’ve had some folks come, and it’s really made a difference in their lives. All it takes is one - and that’s really what we’re after.”