RIDGEVILLE—On May 4, the Canaan-Sand Hill Charge hosted a National Day of Prayer supper with more than 80 people attending the first-time event.
In addition to a meal of spaghetti and meatballs, attendees prayed for the seven centers of influence in the nation.
“The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance designated by the United States Congress and held on the first Thursday of May, when people are asked ‘to turn to God in prayer and meditation,’” said Pamela Goodwine-Glover. “The president is required by law to sign a proclamation each year, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.”
The Rev. Jerry Harrison led a prayer for government, urging people to “pray for your leaders, as well as the judges in our courts. Ask God to grant them wisdom to act with integrity.”
Canaan Lay Leader Harold Ancrum led a prayer for the military, including perseverance to endure hardship (Isaiah 43:2; Deuteronomy 31:6), wise leaders who inspire respect from those under their command (Romans 13:1) and protection and support for the families these servicepeople have left behind (Romans 1:8-10).
Sand Hill Lay Servant Linda Wilson led a prayer for the media, praying that decision-makers within the media realize they can make a profit by producing uplifting projects (Proverbs 8:10-11) and that Christians in media to find favor and be filled with creative ideas that bring kingdom principles and life-giving messages to the public (Proverbs 2:1-15).
The Rev. Roosevelt Geddis led a prayer for education, particularly praying for a safe atmosphere conductive to learning, excellence in educators (Exodus 18:20-21) and equal opportunities for every student to achieve their full potential (Philippians 1:9).
Margaret Dizzley led a prayer for business, lifting up a request for the Lord to send impartation of ideas and resources to open principled businesses, especially in areas that need an economic boost (Psalm 132:15) and for Christian workers to display Christlike humility and service to their co-workers (Philippians 2:3).
Walterboro District Superintendent the Rev. Joey McDonald led a prayer for the church, praying it would find a new zeal and commitment to the mission and purpose of Jesus Christ (Matthew 22:37), find unity with and among churches that reveal God’s love to the world (John 17:23) and have integrity, remembering that God’s people look and act differently from the world (1 Peter 2:11; 1 Corinthians 13:6).
Minister Paige Roper led a prayer on family, specifically for unity and love in individual families that reach out in hospitality toward others (Romans 12:9-13) and to establish healthy relationships between parents and children (Malachi 4:5-6).
All said they planned to continue the event next year.