Cumberland Times-News


April 27, 2013

Prayer can change everything

The Cumberland area National Day of Prayer Committee has come up with another outstanding program for this year’s observance May 2.

Current events in our country and state make it imperative Christians bond together and pray, especially on the eve of the National Day of Prayer May 1, preceding the national event.

It is time or really past time for this area to show their solidarity and I urge all pastors to encourage their members of the various churches in Cumberland and the Tri-State area to support the prayer rally and the National Day of Prayer at noon on the downtown Cumberland Mall, Center City.

The prayer rally will be held May 1 at 8 p.m. at Central Assembly of God Church, Bedford Road.

This year the featured speakers for the local program are two individuals who understand hardship and also know the miraculous power of God.

In 2006, Linda and Jennifer Barrick of Lynchburg, Va., were in a horrific automobile accident that changed their lives forever. Jennifer was severely injured and not expected to survive, spending five weeks in a coma.

Their story of God’s faithfulness in the face of adversity provides healing and encouragement for those attending their meetings.  

Prayer can change everything, when more people join together in unity. Events in World War II still have memories of the power of prayer, as our nation led the Allies in their concerted effort to overthrow Hitler and the Axis powers that tried to conquer the world.

2nd Chronicles 7:14 says, “if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then, I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

I believe that America has lost its mandate for God’s goodness and protection and daily events are giving evidence of this mind set.

Contrary to opposing statements, that are throwing this country into confusion and delusion, America’s Founding Fathers had a strong Christian faith. They also believed that freedom would not survive long in America if the people turned away from God. Is that our country today?

Thomas Jefferson said, “God who gave us life gave liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” — 1781, to the General Assembly of the State of Virginia.

God help us should be our prayer!

 Tickets for the prayer breakfast must be purchased in advance. The breakfast is at the Holiday Inn at 8 a.m. Thursday when we recognize local government officials. Tickets can be obtained by calling 301-697-6777 or 301-722-7828.

Jimmie Flanagan


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