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To Pray or Not to Pray, that is the Question?

2010 National Day of Prayer
2010 National Day of Prayer

With today being the National Day of Prayer, the answer would be to pray! Though the “National Day of Prayer” was officially recognized on April 17, 1952, (Public Law 82-324) our country has had a rich history of observing local and national times of prayer. General George Washington, our nation’s first President, prayed and fasted regularly. He also called for a time of prayer as our nation was being founded.

The 59th Annual National Day of Prayer will take place Thursday, May 6, 2010. Millions will unite in prayer at thousands of events from coast to coast. The theme for this year is “Prayer for Such a Time as This” and is based on the verse from Nahum 1:7 which states: “The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.” Franklin Graham, 2010 Honorary Chair and Shirley Dobson, NDP Chairperson will lead the nation in prayer. To find local events, observe the national events or watch online go to

Here in Houston, there are several events that you can participate in:

Bear Creek United Methodist Church offers an online prayer guide
to be used at your convenience from a remote site or you may utilize their prayer room and/or the Anthony and Margaret Webster Prayer Garden on the church grounds. Bear Creek United Methodist Church is located at 16000 Rippling Water Drive, Houston, Texas, 77084 in northwest Houston.

The Northwest Houston Pastoral Group also offers a prayer luncheon at Copperfield Church,, 8350 Highway 6 North, Houston, TX 77095-2002, phone is (281) 856-2273. Please arrive by 12 noon for prayer and a light lunch to be served.

Another Houston location is the City Hall Plaza to be held at Noon-1 pm – 901 Bagby Street. All are invited in downtown to attend the citywide gathering at noon time with believers from throughout Houston. The gathering will take place on the back steps of Houston City Hall.

So to pray is the answer! Take some time today to thank God for his providence, blessings and mercy over us and our nation!


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