The Chamber of Commerce and Ministerial Association are hosting the annual National Day of Prayer event May 4  in El Dorado Springs. The event will feature a prayer breakfast this year at the ElDo Youth Center, 501 North Main Street. Breakfast will start at 7:30 a.m. and then prayer starting around 8:00 a.m.

The public is invited to the event. Leaders will pray for our community, nation, families and other topics. Breakfast is limited to the first 75 attendees who RSVP by 12 noon Tuesday, May 2, by contacting the El Dorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, (417) 876-4154 or by email at

The 2017 National Day of Prayer theme is “For your great name’s sake! Hear us…forgive us…heal us!” The theme is taken from Daniel 9:19.

Many Christians are unaware that they live in a nation that has a law in place requiring our President proclaim a National Day of Prayer each year on the first Thursday in May.

The President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals. (Public Law 105-225)

As citizens and residents of the United States and as believers in Christ Jesus, we not only have a spiritual responsibility according to 1 Timothy 2:1-2 to pray, but a civic duty as well to heed our President’s call to stand in the gap for our nation. Who but God’s people have the ability to enter into the very throne room of Heaven with prayers and petitions.

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