KEYSER, W.Va. — “In his name, the nations will put their hope,” Matthew 12:21, was the theme for Keyser’s first National Day of Prayer breakfast on Thursday.
About 100 people, including pastors, police officers and city and county officials gathered for the breakfast on Thursday in Davis Hall at Potomac State College.
Roy Weese, pastor at Everlasting Covenant Church in Fairmont, was the guest speaker for the event.
“We need to pray for America and this is why we are celebrating this day,” said Weese. “Today from sea to shining sea, people are taking the time to pray. We want to pray for our government leaders.”
Weese said, “We want God to hear our prayers.”
Weese said the keys to turning the nation around are spending time in prayer and getting right with God.
“Our nation can turn around in a matter of weeks or months because God is on the throne. God wants our nation to be where it once was — one nation under God. Our nation was created to worship the Lord and we need to get back to that. We need to put denominational things aside.”
There are 250 million Christians, which make up 78 percent of the American population, according to Weese.
Weese questioned why the country is sliding down with that many Christians in it.
“America is on a fast slide down but it’s not lost. The way our country is going right now we tend to blame our politicians, our president, our mayor. We tend to blame others. We need to stop blaming them and point the fingers back this way,” said Weese, pointing toward himself. “If 78 percent of America would stand up, we would help them make their decisions.”
When prayer was removed from schools and the Ten Commandments were re-moved from the courthouses the Christian community complained, said Weese.
“The Christian community grumbled but the Christian community did not stand up and say it will not happen,” said Weese. “America has been the most blessed nation in the world because the founding fathers trusted in his name. They proclaimed that from their offices.”
Following the breakfast, a small group gathered on Main Street for prayer then proceeded to walk down to the courthouse on Armstrong Street to pray some more. The group was escorted by the Assumption Church Knights of Columbus and a police officer.
On the courthouse lawn, Gwen Wolford, pastor at Antioch United Methodist Church, read a prayer written by Pastor Greg Laurie, the 2013 honorary chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force.
At the courthouse, pastors and those representing many facets of the community prayed for education, churches, pastors, families, the media, the government, businesses, first responders and the U.S. military.
Contact Elaine Blaisdell at firstname.lastname@example.org.