More than 300 people bowed their heads Thursday morning to kick off Macon’s observance of the National Day of Prayer.
After breakfast at First Presbyterian Church, representatives of multiple denominations lifted up petitions for seven spheres of influence over society.
Before they prayed for government, military, media, business, education, church and family, Ingleside Baptist Senior Pastor Tim McCoy encouraged the people to pray together using scripture.
He warned against allowing society to curb the Christian message and limit their prayers.
“In today’s pluralistic age, there’s pressure to stay silent,” McCoy said. “Cultural pressure prevents calling sin by its biblical name. When we don’t call sin by its biblical name, then we can’t call sinners to repent so that their sins can be blotted out.”
McCoy told them to pray for strength.
“God help us not to be silent but to stand for the truth of his word,” he said.
The social hall of the church on Mulberry Street was filled to capacity.
Organizer Margaret McCook said for the first time, the committee opened an overflow room downstairs where a live feed of the Washington, D.C., observance would be streamed during the day. Similar observances were held throughout the day in Perry, Warner Robins, Forsyth and Gray.
“I wish more people would come, but I’m delighted for every person that’s here,” McCook said. “It’s a very special day.”
Thursday during the noon hour, a crowd gathered to pray in Rosa Parks Square with theme “Investing in hope ... transforming our nation through prayer.”
Bruce Leicht, who presided over both events, invited those in attendance to join the committee for monthly prayer for public officials every second Wednesday at noon in the Macon-Bibb Government Center.
“It is our hope that every day becomes a National Day of Prayer,” Leicht said.
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