Opa-locka observes Nat'l Day of Prayer

caines | 5/2/2013, 5:30 a.m.

Day urges to unite the country with meditation This year, when events took place beyond our control, Americans were encouraged to pray. We were encouraged to pray for Boston and to pray for Connecticut. In His name [the nation] puts their hope, as written in Matthew 12: 21. On Thursday, May 2, Americans are urged to pray, once again, for America. The first Thursday of May has been designated by the U.S. Congress as the National Day of Prayer, with its inception in 1952. It is a day when Americans of all backgrounds are asked to turn to God in prayer and meditation. Locally, the City of Opa-Locka will take part in the Day of Prayer. Vice Mayor Joseph L. Kelley and Commissioner Luis B. Santiago invites everyone to join them as they unite with millions of Americans connecting in prayer on behalf of the city, the state, the country and the world. The event will emphasize the need for persons, corporately and individually, to place unfailing character of their creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities and men. Kelley and Santiago will hosts three ceremonies in the City of Opa-locka. There will be a unity prayer breakfast, a prayer observance and a Unity in the Community workshop. Local pastors will pray in English, Spanish and Creole. I believe in the power of prayer, Kelley said. Prayer is a connector, regardless of what language you speak or any barriers. He said he hopes that in light of recent occurrences in our country, people will use social media and word-of-mouth to inform others about the event. Kelley believes if people will unite, then God will intercede. Quoting Matt. 18: 20 he states: where two or more gather together in My name, there I am in the midst. By Malika A. Wrightmwright@miamitimesonline.com