Cry Out America encourages prayer partnerships
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Jul 22, 2014 | 644 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The Cry Out America Bradley County Task Force is calling on pastors to promote the annual prayer event in local churches.

Cry Out America calls for a spiritual awakening in this country. This year the local focus is specifically for the older generations praying for the younger generations.

Local co-chair Iris Ray said emails have been sent to members in some of the local ministerial associations. She wants to connect with more of them and receive feedback.

“My thing right now is mobilizing the church to pray. It’s not just one day. We have to have the church praying for awakening constantly. There is such a need in our nation,” Ray said.

Members of the coordinating committee are looking into ways to get pastors information they can share with their congregations.

A bulletin insert is available for download at

A prayer guide giving specific items to pray for the community and students will also be made available.

A recent letter sent to pastors encouraged their congregations to participate in prayer walks in a two-mile radius around their church on Sept. 11.

During these prayer walks, those participating are encouraged to pray for local schools in the community and for spiritual awakening.

Pastors are also being encouraged to set up “prayer stations around your church to offer ‘free prayer’ to anyone in the community who might have a need.”

Co-chair Pastor Phil Griffin at the Church at Grace Point is working on coordinating “a centrally located prayer station along the Cleveland Greenway.” Griffin can be reached at phil@grace

Ray said she also hopes that student-led prayer will be held at sometime during the school day on Sept. 11.

Some Lee University students have committed to organizing 24/7 prayer at the North Cleveland Prayer Tower from Sept. 4-10.

On Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Lee University Conn Center, the community will come together for prayer.

Prayers focusing on students of all ages and those who work with them on a daily basis will be given by community leaders. Students will also participate, praying for their generation — that it would seek forgiveness and strength.

Middle and high school choirs from Westmore Church of God and First Baptist Church of Cleveland will combine to provide music during the event.

Grace Point youth pastor Mickey Clark said he is working with middle school coaches to have 9/11 remembrances and prayer during halftime at the middle school football games that night.