National Day of Prayer scheduled for Thursday
Members of the Lawton community can come together in prayer during three National Day of Prayer events Thursday at the City Hall Banquet Room.
This year's theme is "Praying and Praising the Names of God." According to Barbara Curry, task force event coordinator, this year's National Day of Prayer festivities will be different from those in past years. This is her first year in the position, and this year's events will solely focus on prayer.
"We are coming to pray," she said. "We're not going to have any speakers this year. We won't be having any teachings. We are just going in to pray and we want to touch heaven and we want to hear from the Father."
Thursday will begin with a prayer breakfast from 6:45-7:30 a.m. The day will continue with an afternoon session from noon to 3 p.m. and conclude with an evening watch beginning at 6 p.m. All sessions will be held in the City Hall Banquet room. All events are informal, and Curry said people can come and go as they please.
During the morning session, attendees will enjoy a breakfast provided by The Percolator and pray. Appointed intercessors will lead the prayers. At the afternoon session, attendees will have the opportunity to pray aloud, share scriptures or what's on their hearts, while praying for the city, state, region and nation. And during the evening session, appointed intercessors will lead prayer while attendees may pray to themselves.
Curry said this year, prayers are encouraged for the city, state, region and nation along with repentance and personal reflection.
"A lot of people are asking, 'What should I be doing,' or trying to figure out who they are and they don't know who they are," Curry said. "This is the time right here to get in the presence of the Father and just listen. I really do encourage quiet prayer time just being still and listening and asking God. We've been asking God to open our ears to the Kingdom conversation that's going on concerning us as individuals. We've really been pushing that and that's where a lot of people have been getting their breakthrough. We put that question out there and we wait for him and it doesn't take long for him to come through. So we want people to hear from the Father so they can get some healing and some frustration relief, find out who they are to get a better understanding of their purpose."
Curry said when people understand who they are and their purpose, they are more effective citizens and members of the body of Christ.