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Christians gather for National Day of Prayer

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

South Mississippi believers joined Christians across America in observing the "National Day of Prayer" on Thursday.

The faithful lifted prayers at several locations, including the front steps of Biloxi City Hall.

There's certainly no shortage of things to pray about.  Recent days have seen the killing of the most wanted terrorist in the world, devastating tornados across the South and the threat of epic flooding.

Believers lifted their hands to a higher power.  In front of Biloxi city hall, Christians enjoyed the freedom to worship and acknowledge the power of prayer.

"Almighty God, you are our mighty fortress. Our refuge and the God in whom we place our trust," they prayed together.

"We pray and intercede for President Obama. The representatives, the senators, the judges of our land. The police men the police women, as well as governments and mayors for those who are in authority over us in any way," Pastor Glenn Johnson prayed.

Along with lifting up the leaders of country and community, the faithful intercede on behalf of flood and tornado victims.

"In Hebrews 4:16 it says, 'Let us therefore come boldly before the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and grace to help us in our time of need," said Maureen Broussard.

"Tornados that have hit our state and ravaged so many areas and completely wiped out communities. People who are mourning the loss of their family members and their property and their jobs and communities," Rev. Darin Stone prayed.

Those who fight to preserve the freedom that allows such public worship are also recognized and remembered.

Chaplain Henry Close from  Keesler Air Force Base saluted all who wear the uniform.

"On the women and men who voluntarily serve our military. Though their hands are trained in war, there are few who in their heart desire peace more," he said.

Pastor Jason Johnson from  Abundant Life Evangelistic Center prayed for unity.

"Our prayer today God, is that you would mend us together. That we would drop denominational barriers, racial barriers and anything that would divide us. That we would be one."

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