In honor of National Day of Prayer, hundreds of worshippers gathered near the steps of the Frank Moore Administration and Judicial Center in Cartersville Thursday.
Regarded as one of the largest National Day of Prayer offerings in the Southeast, the noon event featured a community choir and speakers, such as Dr. Jacob T. King, Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor, Bishop Wellington Boone and the Revs. Tina Spellman, Kevin Lobello, Wesley Morris and Joe McKaig.
In his prayer for government, Boone — the president of Wellington Boone Ministries — challenged political leaders to serve in a statesmanlike manner.
“It says in Isaiah 9:7, the government of the world should be on his shoulders,” said Boone, who also was the guest speaker at the community prayer breakfast that preceded the National Day of Prayer ceremony. “I want to tell you something, the government does not carry God. God carries the government.
“So Father, I pray right now in the name of the Lord to all of the political leaders that they would be statesmen, not just politicians, that they would only be influenced by you.
“Having your vote is the majority vote, my Father.”
Created by a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress in 1952, National Day of Prayer was signed into law by President Harry S. Truman and is recognized annually on the first Thursday of May.
Prior to Thursday’s observance, Taylor as well as the mayors of local municipalities signed a proclamation to mark its significance. Addressing the crowd, Taylor read the proclamation, which encouraged “fellow citizens throughout all of Bartow County to join us in earnest prayer for our county, our state and our nation, asking that God’s light illuminate the minds and hearts of our people and our leaders, so that we may meet the challenges that lie before us with wisdom, courage and justice.”
For more coverage on the National Day of Prayer festivities, see Sunday’s edition of The Daily Tribune News.