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Betty Taylor leads a prayer at a recent meeting. DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

The Wilson County chapter of the Tennessee Governmental Prayer Alliance met at the Wilson County Courthouse on Monday morning to lift local and state leaders up in prayer.

The group was led by liaison Betty Taylor. Taylor, who was commissioned in August 2015, admitted that she never imagined herself holding such a seat. However, God had big plans for her.

Taylor said that after her husband passed away in January 2015, she asked the Lord, "What's next?"

"God's not through with us no matter what age we are," she told the group. A passage from the book of Ester spoke to Taylor, and she said she could see herself being at the State Capitol - but was unsure how or why she was there.

"I prayed on it for weeks," she said. It wasn't until the National Day of Prayer that Taylor realized what her role would be.

"I thought, 'I'm not a Franklin Graham.'.... I couldn't take this on my own," Taylor continued.

Wilson is one of several Tennessee counties to have established a Governmental Prayer Alliance Group. The group is currently comprised of people who wish to make a difference in their local communities and simply do what they are called to do. The group is open to men and women of any denomination.

"What we are doing is God's call on our life... He's commanded all believers to pray," Taylor reiterated - and pray they did.

The group prayed for federal judges, law makers, local school systems and law enforcement officers.

"We need to pray for all our leaders in those high positions - that their minds and thoughts will line-up with righteousness and truth," Taylor said. "Our Constitution was founded on the word of God."

For more information on becoming part of the Tennessee Governmental Prayer Alliance email

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