In observance of National Day of Prayer on May 4, Mountain Area churches and businesses are holding special events.
Yosemite Lakes Community Church will host a prayer observance from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m., in the chapel, 43840 Patrick Ave, Coarsegold. The main program will be from 9 - 10:30 a.m., with music, guest speaker, Malcolm McGough, and prayer from pastors and leaders of the community. A free continental breakfast will be provided from 8 - 11 a.m..
Madera County elected officials; school superintendents, community leaders, and mountain area churches, were sent invitations and the whole community is invited. There will be prayer for members of government, churches, military, families, education, media and business, both locally and nationwide.
McGough will speak on Restoring America’s Godly Heritage. He became a political consultant in the U.S. working for several candidates and was one of only two staff hired by President Trump during the 2016 campaign in California. Malcolm is a veteran and retired Colonel of 25 years in the Australia Army.
Other community observances
☆ Prayer at a tent in front of Tokens Thrift Store at 40410 Hwy 41, Oakhurst (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) hosted by EV Free church or call in a prayer request at (559) 641-8150.
☆ Prayer with ‘Friends of the Park’ in Oakhurst Community Park, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m..
☆ Prayer at Manna House in the prayer room, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m..
History of the National Day of Prayer
Because of the faith of many of our founding fathers, public prayer and national days of prayer have a long-standing and significant history in American tradition. The Supreme Court affirmed the right of state legislatures to open their sessions with prayer in Marsh vs. Chambers (1983).
The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863.
In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.
Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations. Local, state, and federal observances are held uniting Americans from all socio-economic, political and ethnic backgrounds in prayer for our nation, at state capitols, county court houses, on the steps of city halls, in schools, businesses, churches and homes.
The mission of the National Day of Prayer Task Force is to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture.
Billy Graham’s daughter, Anne Graham Lotz is the new Chairman and she says: "God promised in 2 Chronicles 7:14 – 'If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.’ God has promised to hear us, forgive us and heal us on the condition that we pray," Lotz continued. "Therefore prayer is essential. It is not an option, it is a necessity."