People all across the country of all different faiths took part in Thursday’s National Day of Prayer.
The first Thursday in May has been observed as the National Day of Prayer for more than 50 years.
Several events were held across the east in recognition of the day.
Dozens of people came out to the Pitt County Courthouse for the prayer. Folks at the event say it’s important to come out and express American freedoms.
“What it means to me is coming together as a family, as a body of believers and lifting the name of the Lord up for the rest of the city to see,” explained Walter Strathy of Greenville.
A similar event was held at the Lenoir County Courthouse.
This year’s National Day of Prayer theme was “Lord, Hear our Cry.” The theme is based on the Bible verse of I Kings 8:28: “Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.”
Pastor Rodney Coles says this year’s Day of Prayer is more important than ever.
“We have to continue praying for all these evil things that going on around the world,” explained Pastor Rodney Coles, Churches Outreach Network. “Things that happen in Baltimore, the things that happen in New York, and all around the world.”
This is the 64th year for the national observance day.
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