Eastern Kentuckians recognize National Day of Prayer

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Published: May. 5, 2022 at 1:08 PM EDT
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KENTUCKY (WYMT) - People across the mountains are observing the annual National Day of Prayer (NDP) on Thursday, May 5.

Several gatherings were scheduled throughout the day in Eastern Kentucky.

At noon, people of all faiths from Pikeville to Barbourville, and points in-between, gathered to offer prayer for the nation.

There was also a gathering at 6:00 p.m. in Hazard next to City Hall.

More than two dozen people offered prayer to community leaders in Hazard on Thursday.
More than two dozen people offered prayer to community leaders in Hazard on Thursday.(Zak Hawke/WYMT)

Faith leaders from across the Big Sandy addressed a crowd at the Pikeville City Park.

Chairman of the National Day of Prayer Committee, Debby Bailey, said to the best of her knowledge Pikeville has had a NDP event since 1995. She has been a part of the planning since 1997.

”We just believe there is something important about coming together...a visible witness to the community of people coming together to pray for a common purpose and a common cause and things that are concerns on all of our hearts,” she said.

Speakers offered prayer for the nation, the government, the military, businesses, churches, education, families and the media. These seven areas of prayer are the same across the country.

”And that way all across the United States, prayers are lifted for the same concerns, the same areas by people who believe in the power of prayer,” said Bailey. “That we believe that our prayers do make an impact, that our prayers do change things.”

“God’s word teaches us, or tells us, that we need to pray for those folks that in authority,” said Pastor Tim Reynolds of the First Baptist Church of Hazard. “We need to pray for those folks that are making decisions for everyone.”

There was also music performed by Les Ronning of First Presbyterian Church.

In Williamsburg, Whitley County residents told WYMT that from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. people of all faiths are invited to offer prayer at several stations near the Whitley County Courthouse. Stations include: education, military, media, religious leaders and political leaders among others.

Knox Countians gathered at the Knox Courthouse Thursday in observation of the National Day of...
Knox Countians gathered at the Knox Courthouse Thursday in observation of the National Day of Prayer.(Associate Pastor Timothy Yaden of Parkway Ministries)

Back in Pikeville, Pastor Scot Robinson of the First Presbyterian Church of Pikeville, told WYMT that it is the power of combined prayers that connects our mountain communities.

”You do get people from different churches, different traditions all together, but it recognizes the commonality that we’re here to serve our community, and shine the light of Christ in those places in our world that really need it,” he said.

According to the National Day of Prayer website, the day exists to mobilize unified public prayer for America.

It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.

Public calls for prayer are significant in American history. The NDP website traces the tradition to 1775 when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation.

President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer,” in 1863 according to the NDP organization.

The law was amended in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May.

Click here to read President Biden’s 2022 National Day of Prayer Proclamation.

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