National day encourages prayer for leaders, country

TUPELO – In the midst of a recession and on the heels of a historical presidential election, people of faith throughout Mississippi are planning to join with hundreds of thousands nationwide to pray for the country.
The 58th annual National Day of Prayer on May 7 will be observed at city halls and courthouse squares throughout the Magnolia State, including several in Northeast Mississippi.
This year’s theme is “Prayer: America’s Hope” and participants will pray for, among other things, state and national leaders.
The Rev. David Hamilton, pastor of West Heights Baptist Church, has prayed at the event in Pontotoc for seven years. He’s hoping that this year, as it has in the past, the day will bring people together across denominational and racial lines.
“In hard economic times we often want to blame everybody else, but at the day of prayer we want to remember to humble ourselves and pray for healing in our land,” said Hamilton.
Bishop Clarence Parks of Temple of Compassion and Deliverance in Tupelo said community prayer isn’t just a chance to speak, but to listen as well.
“When brothers and sisters come together in a posture of humility and openness they can hear better what God has to say,” said Parks.
Marthe Thomas is coordinating an evening event at the D.A.V. building on the corner of Eason and Veteran’s Boulevard in Tupelo. “We’ll focus on praying for heroes,” said Thomas, listing, among others, military personnel, as well as civil servants like firefighters and police officers.
Thomas hopes those who can’t attend the 12:20 p.m. service at City Hall can make it to the 6:30 p.m. event which will last about an hour and include music and refreshments. Prayer events will also be held in Booneville, Corinth, Starkville and Plantersville.
The National Day of Prayer was instituted in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress. For more information visit
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