Letter to the Editor: Day of Prayer Rewarding


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

For the record, let it be known that prayer and the word of God are alive and well in Rocky Mount, in this nation under God. In conjunction with the National Day of Prayer observance on May 3, many events took place in the city, counties and nationwide.

The Holy Bible was read aloud in about 25 different public places in one day by more than 750 people from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Wednesday, May 2, on the day preceding the National Day of Prayer. This custom was begun on the Capitol steps at Washington, D.C., 23 years ago. It takes 93 hours to read the Bible aloud, 3½ days, but not so here. With these 750 people reading different passages in different places, we do it all in one day.

More than 50 people gathered here at noon in the City Hall Courtyard to join the nation in prayer for the city, state and nation. That evening at the citywide prayer meeting several hundred people gathered at the Dunn Center auditorium at Wesleyan College, again to worship Almighty God, Creator and Redeemer of the world, and to pray for God‘s will to be done here on earth as it is in heaven.

The reading plan to read the Bible aloud in one day by 182 people in seven different locations, one hour each reader, for 12 hours in a day, has been adopted by some other cities, states and nations as far away as Uganda, Africa.

Beginning in 2013, this is the fifth year people reading the Bible over Rocky Mount, coupled with the annual “God belongs in my city“ March, has changed the spiritual atmosphere in our city. And this year, 30 other people read their favorite Scripture on WHIG-TV before these events. The favor of God has fallen, bringing new life — notably in the Mill area, Beal Street Square and downtown.

Prayer and the word of God are free and available to all. There is no need to wait for the National Day of Prayer to enjoy the fruit of prayer and Bible reading. But when the opportunity comes to join others in the day set aside next year, anyone can be a part of this city-changing event.

Janice Gravely

Rocky Mount