Citizens 'Pray for America'
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Rev. Clark Bates, senior pastor at McCook Christian Church, served as the master of ceremonies this morning for the Red Willow County Ministerial Association's observance of the National Day of Prayer.
In keeping with the national theme, "Pray for America," Bates quoted Matthew 12:21 "In his name the nations will put their hope," noting that we can hope for an economic upturn, but "our greatest blessing is the grace found in Jesus.
We can hope for national security improvements, he continued, but "our greatest hope is to trust in the name of Jesus."
Finally, Bates noted, we can hope that the government will lead righteously, or we can pray that they will follow the "direction and leadership found in Jesus Christ."
Bates was followed by the Rev. Bruce Lester, senior pastor at McCook Evangelical Free Church, who prayed for national and state leaders in keeping with the exhortation from the Apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 2, "I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people -- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness."
K.C. Harryman, pastor at First Assembly of God, prayed for the churches, asking the Lord's help in helping those who have experienced his grace and mercy to be strengthened to live out the "mission you have called us to."
Darwin Scott prayed for those in the military, for their safety and that God would grant them "courage, peace and strength."
The Rev. Rick Stapp, pastor at First Church of the Nazarene, prayed for the family, noting that God created man and woman and is the author of the unique relationships of marriage and of family.
David Davidson, representing Norris Avenue Chapel, prayed for educators, acknowledging that the culture has taken God out of education, noting in prayer, that "if we lose you and gain the world, we gain nothing."
The Rev. Gary Brethour, pastor at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, prayed for the media, that they would be diligent in using their creativity and skills to be a "voice for the powerless" and would always "seek the truth."
The Rev. Jason VanPelt, the associate pastor at McCook Christian Church, prayed for businesses, that they would operate under the godly principle of integrity and that owners and workers would all reflect the glory of the Lord.
Rob Holliday, area director of Man in the Mirror Ministries, offered the closing prayer, asking God to strengthen believers to serve him, thereby serving others and asking that God would "send us forth, refocused in our calling to serve."