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Day of Prayer focuses on community, leaders

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Jonathan Porter sings a musical prayer for the Day of Prayer observance at First Baptist Church, Lebanon. DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

The Lebanon community united at First Baptist Church on East Main Street Thursday morning to observe America’s National Day of Prayer.

Beginning at 11:30 a.m., Jonathan Porter led guests in a worship service. In between songs, he motivated the crowd to believe in themselves and that God would use them for his purpose.

“Don’t look at anyone else and say you don’t have what it takes to change the world,” he said. “It only took Jesus three years to share his message.”

Coordinator Robin Hardin next took the stage to introduce several guest speakers, who would be offering prayers.

Although he had pneumonia, Elder Gary Owens of Lost and Found Ministry in Lebanon joined the lineup to pray for the community. “We are blessed that he is here,” Hardin said.

Owens prayed specifically for our local leaders, Mayor Philip Craighead, who was in attendance, and members of the Lebanon City Council. He asked for them to “work together for a better tomorrow for us all” and “to unite and bring about proper change in our community.”

At noon, Hardin reported that according to the National Day of Prayer website, 42,000 National Day of Prayer events had been held across the country.

The National Day of Prayer was first created in 1952 by a resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman to give the country an opportunity to join forces in praying for their city, county, state and country leaders, as well as their own personal prayer needs.

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