Day of prayer still important

The first Thursday in May is set aside as a day to invoke help of a higher power for our communities, our state and our nation.

Thursday marks the 62nd National Day of Prayer in the United States and the 21st year of its observance locally.

A multidenominational service will take place at First Westminster Presbyterian Church, 235 N. Fourth St., Steubenville. The service, which has been headed locally throughout its history by the dedicated Anita Jackson, is a moving and spiritual observance that brings people from all walks of life, from various levels of public life, and, importantly in these divided days of governance, people from both sides of the political aisle.

The day’s theme for 2013 nationally is “Pray for America.”

We can think of no better theme for the year. With turmoil in the streets, an economic recovery that still could go the wrong way and a national government bent more on political gamesmanship than setting long-term direction, prayer is as important an answer as any decision in the ballot box.

Nationally, prayers will be led from 9 a.m. to noon on Capitol Hill.

Locally, events at Westminster begin at 11:45 a.m. And for those who cannot attend, the National Day of Prayer is being streamed live from Washington at

In Weirton, a service is planed for noon in front of the City Building. That event is being organized by the Weirton Ministerial Association.

And, the Wellsburg Ministerium has scheduled a service for 7 p.m. at the city’s Town Square.,

Take a few moments and see if it’s in your heart to ask for help from God to change the hearts of men and women to lead, not just to stand up for their party or their own ideas.