A prayer service was organized and open to youth in the Culpeper community last Wednesday, May 2 in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer event taking place in communities nationwide. Each year a theme is designated for the National Day of Prayer and this year’s theme was Pray for America – Unity. This year, President of the National Day of Prayer, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, urged believers, nationwide, to encourage all people to unite in prayer acknowledging that “America is broken and divided” with alarming racial tension and lawlessness.
Erick Kalenga, pastor of His Village church in Culpeper, shared in a recent email message his thoughts on the National Day of Prayer. “In light of our current situation and the issues that our young people are dealing with I felt compelled to organize the Youth National Day of Prayer event this year”, he said. It’s been approximately six years since the local youth organization, Rize Up, organized this yearly event so this year Kalenga decided to step forward. The prayers focused on the seven points of prayer as set by the National Day of Prayer event in addition to prayers for current issues facing youth today with a strong focus on families.
Kalenga feels it necessary to stand united in the fight against the evil that is destroying families. “I believe this generation of young people is under a great deal of attack,” said Kalenga. Although hoping for a larger turnout Kalenga said he will spearhead the event again next year and allow for a bit more planning and notice in advance.
The event was held at the Culpeper Baptist Church at 7 p.m. last Wednesday, May 2, with approximately twelve youth in attendance. Youth directors from Culpeper United Methodist, Chris and Traci Davis, attended this year and Traci brought the message for the evening that encouraged youth to develop their prayer life. “I just wanted to get them excited about it (prayer) and encourage them to grow,” she said recently.
The Culpeper community offered three opportunities for prayer last week celebrating the National Day of Prayer. A service was held earlier Wednesday, at noon, on the Courthouse lawn and there was an evening service on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Culpeper United Methodist Church.
In 1988 former President Ronald Reagan declared the first Thursday in May as a day of National Prayer. A National Day of Prayer proclamation has been signed by every president since 1952.