GALLIPOLIS — Gallia County Commissioners invite all for National Day of Prayer May 4 at noon on the Gallia Courthouse steps.
The event is anticipated to be led by River City Fellowship Pastor John O’Brien.
According to Gallia Commissioners’ information, this will be the 66th National Day of Prayer and its theme for 2017 is “For your great name’s sake, hear us, forgive us, heal us” taken from Daniel 9:19.
“One of the big verses I use, just shooting off the hip, is in 2nd Chronicles 7:14,” said O’Brien. “With National Prayer day a lot of people want to pray for the nation.”
“…If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land,” says 2nd Chronicles.
“There is a part of this where it’s not in God’s order for us to point the finger at all the bad in the world,” said O’Brien. “It’s our job first to look in the mirror. To say, I need to repent. I need to change. I need God to change my heart. I think that is the beginning of the National Day of Prayer. It’s a time where we repent.”
O’Brien said he knew that he needed help in life and change. He felt it was a message that could connect with everyone.
“As the Lord changes us, then we’re in a position to pray for the nation,” said O’Brien. “As the verse says ‘then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.’”
“That’s what I’m going to focus on,” said O’Brien. “Let’s not blow the horn about how evil everybody is. Republicans or Democrats or whoever. Let’s come back to Jesus. Look at ourselves and then we’ll be able to see clearly how to pray. That’s how I feel.”
O’Brien said the point of the event was to “love people” and while he would point them towards a Christian tradition, he hopes all would feel welcome to attend the event.
National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 and signed into law by President Harry Truman. It is an annual observance held the first Thursday of May and invites peoples of all faiths to pray for the future of the country.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.