Retha Colclasure | 5/3/2012
Every year for 61 years, the first Thursday in May has been designated as the National Day of Prayer. To coincide with President Obama`s declaration, many states, including North Dakota, held their own days of prayer. It was standing room only as nearly 200 people packed Memorial Hall in the Capitol building to listen to Governor Jack Dalrymple read a proclamation designating May 3 as a day of prayer in North Dakota.

Two of those people were Carl and Bridget Miller, who took time from their day to attend the event.

“I think it`s just really important that as Christians we carry that out and share that with people,” Bridget said.

“I think supporting and praying for our military is something that`s really a big thing for me, and for our leaders in the country that God would give them wisdom,” Carl said.

Leaders from several different areas including education, government, and business offered brief prayers with a band playing worship songs in between.

And after singing one last song and praying the Lord`s Prayer, they left, encouraged.

“There`s people here of all ages, all walks of life, so it encourages me because it tells me that we as a nation and as a state, as a city, as a community recognize it`s important to be in prayer,” said Amy Wolff, one of the people who attended.

Leaders say North Dakota is blessed in many ways, with a good economy, safe communities, and strong schools but that many residents still face challenges, so days like this one are needed.

Governor Jack Dalrymple says one important group to keep in prayer is that of the 100 soldiers who left the state earlier this week for a year-long deployment to Afghanistan.

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Source : National Day Of Prayer – KFYR-TV

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