Thursday was truly a day of prayer in Borger.
Various citizens from across the area came out to Huber Park Thursday afternoon for the 61st observance of the National Day of Prayer.
The theme of this yearâ€™s observance was â€śOne Nation Under Godâ€ť and the theme verse was Psalm 33:12, â€śBlessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.â€ť The honorary chairman for this year was Christian speaker David Jeremiah.
A declaration for a National Day of Prayer was first signed in 1952, and since 1988, each president has signed an annual proclamation declaring this observance to be held on the first Thursday of May each year.
Charlotte Martin, who oversaw preparations for this yearâ€™s observance, read National Day of Prayer proclamations signed by President Barack Obama and Texas Governor Rick Perry.
â€śThe Battle Hymn of the Republicâ€ť was sang by a choir of local ministers, and the crowd also joined the choir in the singing of â€śGod Bless America.â€ť
Prayers were lifted on the seven points of prayer observed during the NDP each year. A prayer for government was lifted up by Stella Sauls, City Secretary for the City of Borger. A prayer for media was lifted up by George Grover, Station Manager for the KQTY radio station.
A prayer for business was lifted up by Jake Minton of Minton/Chatwell Funeral Directors. A prayer for education was lifted up by Borger High School freshman Mikaela Tate. A prayer for the church was lifted up by Jody Wilson of St. Andrew United Methodist Church.
A prayer for the family was lifted up by Paul Burwash, pastor of Fairlanes Baptist Church. A prayer for the military was lifted by Dennis Richardson, Pastor of the First Assembly of God in Stinnett.
Cornerstone Christian Academy students handed out prayer guides to those in attendance at the event.
Martin expressed her appreciation to various folks who helped out with the event, namely the Ministerial Fellowship for its help in organizing the event.
â€śPrayer changes everything, every time,â€ť she said.