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Thursday, May 4, 2000, will mark the 49th consecutive observance of the National Day of Prayer in America. True, this designated day comes but once a year, but impacting our government through prayer is a daily discipline. As we enter a new century, prayer is our greatest hope - not just a special observance once a year, but every day.
God has promised to hear and answer the prayers of His people according to II Chronicles 7:14: ``If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land''.
In 1999, more than two million Americans observed the National Day of Prayer at an estimated 20,000 events held across the nation. Alaska has coordinators throughout the state, including Anchorage, Chugiak, Fairbanks, Glennallen, Kenai, Ketchikan, Nikiski, Nome, Palmer, Petersburg, Sitka, Soldotna, Unalaska, Wrangell and Juneau.
This year, one of the most visible prayer gatherings will be held at our nation's capitol in Washington, D.C., where Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie, Senate chaplain; Gen. Henry H. Shelton, chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; Justice William J. Ostrowski; NDP Chairman Mrs. Shirley Dobson and Dr. James Dobson of ``Focus on the Family,'' as well as some of our nation's highest elected lawmakers, will hold a prayer gathering.
This nation was founded on the timeless principle of freedom. It is, after all, a gift to be able to exercise our constitutional privilege to pray publicly. Please join your families, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and fellow citizens at the state Capitol, Thursday, May 4, at noon. A program will be published later in this paper and there are no plans to cancel the event should the state Legislature adjourn early.
Mrs. Pat StringerJuneau