The need for Christians to pray for the nations and its people is bigger than it has ever been, said Iris Ray, co-coordinator for the local Cry Out America event.The local Cry Out America event, …
The need for Christians to pray for the nations and its people is bigger than it has ever been, said Iris Ray, co-coordinator for the local Cry Out America event.
The local Cry Out America event, which brings Christian together to pray for the country, is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 11, from noon to 1 p.m., at the Bradley County Courthouse Square.
“I think we’re in a time in America where we see a lot of contention and strife,” Ray said. “Those of us who are believers know He is the one who can bring peace.”
An initiative of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, the local event is one of thousands of such events taking place nationwide Sept. 11.
Cry Out America began in 2007, and it has been observed locally since 2008. The national event is scheduled for Sept. 11, in memory of the terrorist attacks which took place on that day in 2001.
Ray explained the focus of the event is not to serve as a 9/11 memorial. Rather, it marks the anniversary of a day which “served as a wake-up call for the need to pray for our country.”
“There’s a lot of people who don’t take time to or don’t know how to do that,” Ray said. “We want to gather local believers together and encourage them to pray. It’s just as important today as it was on 9/11.”
Last year’s event was held at Peerless Road Church due to rain, but organizers are eager to return to the Bradley County Courthouse. Organizers of local events are urged to pray near the “seats of power” in local communities.
Cleveland’s organizers choose a different theme for Cry Out America each year, and this year’s focus will be “The Mountain of Business and the Marketplace.”
Ray said organizers have been focusing local prayer efforts on the “cultural mountains,” or aspects of daily life, in the United States, including areas such as families, the media, the arts and education.
“The longest-lasting movements have been from reformation, when you begin to really reform the culture,” said Ray. “We believe prayer can change culture and where America is going.”
The goal of this year’s event will be to pray for those who work in business and the marketplace and encourage them to stay strong in their faith, she added.
The event will include speeches and prayers led by representatives of multiple church and ministry leaders in the community. There will also be a worship time led by a mass choir of singers from different churches.
For more information, visit the "Cry Out America - Bradley Co. TN" Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BradleyCountyTN.
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