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Faithful lift prayers about oil spill during National Day of Prayer

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

By Steve Phillips – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Ongoing concerns about the oil spill crisis were lifted to a higher power on Thursday. May 6 is the National Day of Prayer in America.

"Look over at someone and nod and say 'God is good.'  What we're here to do today, I believe we will all agree, is of great importance," said Pastor James King, who led the observance at  city hall.

People of faith filled the city council chambers, praying for God's protection and intervention.

Allen Norris is pastor of Full Gospel Tabernacle Church.

"Around the world today and right here on the gulf coast, we're seeing crisis. And if there's ever been a time that people need to call upon God, it's in the hours in which we're living. Today is the time. Now is the time. Call upon thee and you will answer, God," he prayed.

The prayer observance also included a Vietnamese Buddhist monk. Thay Phap Thien asked everyone to close their eyes and relax, as he methodically rang a bell.

"We all pray. Every day. So, that's why I pray too," he said.

Along with the oil spill crisis, prayers were also lifted for public safety workers, schools and families.

"Father, our families are under attack. And you're the only one who can put a hedge of protection around us," prayed Pastor Raymond Grabert.

"Such praying is good and right and it is pleasing and acceptable to God our savior," said prayer leader, Carleen Hall.

A large crowd gathered around the steps of Biloxi city hall to lift prayer concerns.

"In a time of trouble with that oil slick out there. So, we're trusting God to take care of that," said Hall.

"We pray for protection of our coast and protection of the businesses that profit from this resource. Protect our shores. Protect our land. And protect the habitat," said David Oliver, with Cedar Lake Christian Assembly.

"That you would give us the love of God that would be demonstrated in our lives and in our homes. Let everyone say, amen," said Pastor Jason Johnson.

Thursday marked the 56th annual National Day of Prayer. The theme for this year's observance was, "Prayer: for such a time as this."

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