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National Day of Prayer calls Americans to ‘Love One Another’

A praying church has always been the hope of America.

On Thursday, May 2, thousands of prayer gatherings attended by hundreds of thousands of Christians will adorn the landscape of America on the 68th annual National Day of Prayer. This year’s theme is a quote from Scripture: Love One Another.

There will be a Kansas statewide observance at noon in the second-floor rotunda of the capitol. State National Day of Prayer Coordinator Donna Lippoldt says, “Please come and pray with your legislators as we seek the Lord for righteousness in our state.”

Other observances in and around Topeka will take place the same day.

El Shaddai Ministries Community Church will host one hour of morning prayer beginning at 5 a.m. A light breakfast will be available to go. The church is located at 920 SE Sherman Avenue.

Christians throughout the city are being encouraged to attend the citywide observance at the Big Gage Shelter House (next to the zoo). Worship will begin at 6:00 p.m., and prayer will begin at 6:30 p.m. The service will conclude before 7:30 p.m. Weather permitting, the gathering will be outdoors, so attendees should bring a lawn chair or other seating.

Prayer topics will include education, government, first responders, business, healthcare, repentance, and revival. The goal is to apply the Love One Another theme to each of these.

Prayer leaders will include Dr. Dave DePue of Capitol Commission, Dr. Beryl New with Topeka Public Schools, Dave Sanford of GraceMed, Wally Roberts with the State Fire Marshal, Jay T. Ladenburger of Curtis 1000, Pastor Polo Delacruz of El Encuentro (The Encounter) Church, and Pastor Clarence Newton of New Life Baptist Church. The Rev. David Epps, the Shawnee County National Day of Prayer Coordinator, will emcee.

Members of Kingdom Encounter Worship Center will be joined by David Epps to lead worship.

Visit TopekaNationalDayofPrayer.org for more information.

During the struggle for independence, it was the praying church that provided hope for the birthing of America. It was the praying church that contended for the end of slavery during the abolition movement. The praying church was the driving force behind the civil rights movement.

Once again, America needs a praying church.

“There have been many sweeping spiritual movements in America’s history. The largest have earned the label of great awakening. We surely need another great awakening in America. Each of the great moves of God in our nation have begun with passionate, united prayer,” said Epps.

He added, “We have a savior in Christ. We surely need his salvation now.” Epps may be contacted at worship.warrior@hotmail.com.

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