Believers Gather For National Day of Prayer

6:39 PM, May 2, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The 62nd annual National Day of Prayer was held across the United States on Thursday.

In South Carolina, religious leaders and other believers gathered at the State House in Columbia to participate in the day of prayer.

"This year's theme is 'Pray For America' and I think all we have to do is look around at where we are as a people in this country, city, state, and realize we need prayer," said Chris Smith, the coordinator of the local day of prayer.

Jennifer Dalenburg was on those who participated in the event, she brought her two boys to pray at the north steps of the State House.

Dalenburg said, "My husband and I both want our family and our boys to be raised with prayer and to know the force of it and the strength of it."

Dalenburg says she did not know how many people would attend the event, but hopes that others in passing will see the positives in their faith.

"Hopefully it will put a prayer in their heart for them to also pray for our nation, because it is sorely needed," said Dalenburg.

Dalenburg's son Samuel agrees, he and his brother were some of the younger believers at the event.

Samuel Dalenburg said, "I personally believe prayer works and by praying for everything around us maybe we can do something, maybe we can make a change."

That change some have seen firsthand, change that brings people of all ages and races together to pray for one country according to Bishop Redfern II.

Redfern II said, "When we look at what we have done here in America, what we have built together, we are praying to same God who has delivered us, delivered the slaves out of slavery, and the slave owners out of their slavery, the family that prays together, stays together."

The National Day of Prayer is held yearly on the first Thursday of May.

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