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Luann Ridgeway: A National Day of Prayer

Clay County Eastern District Commissioner Luann Ridgway
Clay County Eastern District Commissioner Luann Ridgway

Former State Senator Luann Ridgeway currently serves as the Eastern District Commissioner on the Clay County, Missouri Commission. This is her May 12, 2015 newsletter. In it she discusses her perspectives on the National Day of Prayer. For more information on our Opinion Section please click here.

We are blessed to live in a free country where we can openly pray.  The National Day of Prayer was on last Thursday, May 7.  There were many services at various times of day throughout Clay County to provide a reminder and open invitation for us to pray for our nation.  While I hope and ask all to pray for our nation on a regular basis, it is wonderful that one day is set aside to emphasize prayer.

I was pleased to be able to attend the Northern Hills Baptist Church National Day of Prayer Service.  Better yet, I was able to attend with my husband.  The service was a collective effort of many churches in the Kearney-Holt area.

Too often, only Washington DC comes to mind when prayer for our nation is mentioned.  The pastors at the service I attended gave a great model for prayer for all forms of government — from the nations of the world to government of our family units and households.

The military, police and fire/EMT paramedics, military chaplains and our media were pointed out as part of our “government” as those who serve and sway public opinion.  Pastor Ken Parker of Kearney First Baptist Church offered this prayer for those too often forgotten as part of our public servants and government officials.  His prayer was a good reminder.

Prayer for employers, employees, the jobless and searching and all believers as ambassadors for God in the workplace was the prayer of Pastor Brett Toole of Crossroads Community Church.

Children in all schools, our education systems and educators were the subject of Pastor Tom Willoughby’s prayer, from Northern Hills Baptist.  And, if I’m not mistaken, I believe Pastor Willoughby offered up a cornerstone prayer of Judiasm, The Shema, in Hebrew.  I especially honor Judiasm as it forms the faith cradle for everything I hold sacred in my faith of both the Old and New Covenant.

Our Church government and congregations were held up in prayer by Pastor Nick DiBenedetto of Radiant Life Church.  He especially centered on the need to pray for our youth, youth ministers, and teachers.

Pastor Tom Dunn of Tryst Falls Baptist Church held all our families up in prayer.  Our families are pulled in so many different directions today that I believe only prayer as a priority can hold us together.

Pastor Randy Mitchell of First Christian Church prayed for government in the global sense.  And I cannot say it better than he said in his prayer:  Lord, may the power of Your Love be greater than the love of power.

Well said.

I cannot let it go without notice that a beautiful lady of faith, Elnora, has sent a written note of prayer to me virtually every week for the past 10 years.  What a blessing and encouragement she has been.  While she may now be over 80, she is a powerhouse of faith!

It is true that public prayer aligned with the faith history of the US is increasingly coming under attack.  But prayer to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was certainly alive and well on the National Day of Prayer.  And I am thankful.

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