Prayer will be emphasized by several events around the Valley today, marking the 60th National Day of Prayer.
This year’s theme is “A Mighty Fortress is Our God,” drawn from the Bible verse Psalm 91:2.
“Throughout our history, Americans have turned to prayer for strength, inspiration and solidarity,” President Barack Obama said in his presidential proclamation of the 60th annual observance. “Prayer has played an important role in the American story and in shaping our nation’s leaders.”
The day kicks off with a breakfast put on by the Salvation Army at 7 this morning at the El Centro Police Activities League for $10 per person, and three events follow in the evening.
A youth Prayer Experience, sponsored by Youth for Christ, begins at 6:30 p.m. at First Christian Church in El Centro, and a Spanish-language service begins at 7 p.m. at Rockwood Plaza in Calexico.
The Imperial County National Day of Prayer Task Force sponsors a Concert of Prayer at 7 p.m. at Southwest High School’s Jimmie Cannon Theatre for the Performing Arts. It is the Imperial County’s seventh year to celebrate.
Doors open and music begins at 6:30 p.m. with a worship and praise band under the leadership of Grisel Colace.
The Naval Air Facility El Centro Color Guard will begin the event at 7 p.m. and will be followed by seven local pastors facilitating prayer focused on seven centers of influence in culture.
These include government, military, media, business, education, church and family.
Attendees will have the opportunity to pray alone or in small groups before wrapping up each session with a song, Imperial County Task Force coordinator Nancy Fields said.
“It is a privilege for us to pray in a public place and in our church to pray over these seven points,” Fields said.
Between 500 and 800 people have attended past prayer concerts, she said.
At the end of the concert, attendees will pray over the pastors and wives present with an offering taken to benefit the prayer presentation.
Call Imperial County Task Force Coordinator Nancy Fields at 760-353-1395 for information.