In May 1993, six young friends gathered around the flagpole on the Louisa courthouse lawn, their heads bowed and hearts turned toward heaven. One by one, their voices spoke of God’s blessings on the nation and the need for His continued guidance, protection and healing touch on our land. It was the first observance of America’s National Day of Prayer in Louisa.
That rather impromptu gathering lasted less than 10 minutes, but it started a tradition in Louisa that has spanned 20 years. May 2 will mark the 20th National Day of Prayer observance in Louisa,.
“In the spring of 1993, I just happened to hear about the National Day of Prayer on the radio and was intrigued with the idea of gathering people together to pray for our nation,” Terry Detrick said.
She ordered an information packet about the NDP, told a few friends and planned to meet them at the courthouse flagpole at noon on the first Thursday in May.
“I was hoping that passersby would see it, realize why we were gathered around the flagpole and join us if they were so inclined,” Detrick recalled.
“Pray for America!” is this year’s theme for NDP, with Matthew 12:21 reminding us that “In His name the nations will put their hope.”
“Because this is the 20th anniversary of the NDP in Louisa, we are planning several events to encourage and inspire people to pray for America,” Detrick said. “In addition to the annual community prayer service on the courthouse lawn, we are planning a prayer breakfast for local pastors and ministry leaders, as well as showing the film Monumental. Scripture tells us that if we, God’s people, will seek Him in repentance and pray to Him on behalf of our nation, He will hear us and heal our land. As Americans, it’s not only our privilege, but it’s our responsibility to pray for our leaders and our country, and we want to encourage our community to take that responsibility seriously,” Detrick said.
The community prayer service will be held on Thursday, May 2 at noon on the Louisa courthouse lawn, or in case of inclement weather, across the street at Louisa United Methodist Church.
Monumental, a documentary film by Kirk Cameron that seeks to rediscover the foundational truths that made America great, will be shown at the Louisa Arts Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 2. The film is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Tickets are available at the Arts Center box office (540) 967-2200, or by calling (540) 894-3675.
For information about the prayer breakfast for pastors and ministry leaders, call (540) 967-9576, or (804) 212-7837.