Hundreds gathered at Grainger Stadium in Kinston participating in National Day of Prayer. The program was called ‘Pray for America’. This year’s theme was ‘Love One Another’.
Event coordinator Brenda McLamore Says the theme is important because it is exactly what the world needs more love and prayer.
“I have seen prayer change situations. It has touched people’s hearts, and God has made such a difference in the hearts of people because of prayer,” McLamore said.
It was a day of coming together in Grainger Stadium with heads bowed. Students from the Bethel Christian Academy sang ‘Behold our God’ and ‘10,000 Reasons’.
Jeffrey Pridgen, a seventh grader, said it was important for him along with his classmates to attend this event for one simple reason.
Jeffrey Pridgen/7th grader
“Because well we just wanted to praise God,” Pridgen said.
Pastors also took turns praying for first responders, city officials, military, babies, family protection, and our president. Linda Rouse Sutton, with the Lenior County Commissioners, also emphasizes the importance of teaching youth how to pray.
“I think it’s always good for them to see adults who are openly praising the Lord and giving him thanks and letting them know that even as adults that we need prayer also and we need love,” Sutton said.
“I’ve seen what prayer can do. It changes, amen, it makes a difference,” McLamore said.
McLamore said although today is a day of remembrance it is important to remember to pray every day.