EL CENTRO â€“ A â€Concert of Prayerâ€ was held Thursday evening in celebration of the National Day of Prayer (NDP) at Christ Community Church. The church filled with people worshipping and praying for seven points including something as big as their country to something as personal as their families, starting with a prayer for forgiveness and ending the spirit-filled evening with praying over the pastors of the Valley.
KXO Radioâ€™s President and CEO, Gene Brister, emceed, and the Faith Assembly Worship Team, led by Pastor Dan Bruce, led the well-attended event. This was the twelfth year for the NDP service in Imperial Valley.
The Naval Air Facility Color Guard did the presentation of the colors.
Luke Hamby, with the Westmorland House of Prayer, sang the national anthem.
Tony Evans, senior pastor of the Oakcliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas, wrote the 2016 National Prayer. It was read by Gene Brister.
The Bible verse Isaiah 58:1a inspired this yearâ€™s NDP, â€œShout it out, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.â€
Pastor Bruce wrote a song especially for the concert entitled â€œWake Up America!â€ as the Imperial County NDP 2016 theme song.
â€œI was inspired to write a song when we were chosen to be the praise team for this yearâ€™s event,â€ said Bruce. â€œThis has been a great blessing for us and we are humbled. We wanted to help the flow of the Holy Spirit.â€
The praise team also played between the different speakers.
Pastors and lay people throughout the Valley took turns praying for seven different focus points.
Pastor John Jones, Valley Christian Church, Imperial, prayed for forgiveness, Lt. Jimmy Duran, Imperial County Sheriff Office, prayed for the government and the military, Bob Sager, KGBA Radio Manager, prayed for the media, Pastor Troy Goudy, Brawley Assembly of God, prayed for businesses, Pastor Mark Tatum, Seventh-day Adventist Church, El Centro, prayed for education, Jonathan Lowry, Serving California Ministry, prayed for the church, and Brother Lance Reeves, Grace and Truth Fellowship, Brawley, prayed for the family.
Lt. Duran commented after the service.
â€œIt was very inspirational for me,â€ said Duran. â€œIt seemed like everyone was moved by the music and the prayers. This is something we need in America. We need to get closer to God to make a difference in our lives, our community, and in everything we do.â€
Gene Brister was happy with the eveningâ€™s service.
â€œThere are now different locations around the Valley having NDP services like Calipatria, Holtville, and Calexico,â€ said Brister. â€œWe are hoping everyone is encouraged to continue to focus on these seven points of prayer everyday. This is a blessing every year. Itâ€™s neat to see these different churches come together as Godâ€™s children. We are all here for the same reason.â€
The Imperial County National Day of Prayer Task Force puts the National Day of Prayer Concert of Prayer on each year. Many Imperial Valley churches support the NDP.