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A community that prays...
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“So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” — Romans 15:6

The above Scripture was chosen by the National Day of Prayer committee to lay a foundation for the nation in 2014. On Thursday, people across the country prayed for issues our nation faces on a daily basis.
The Bible declares, “…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” When we begin to do things together, one man’s fervent prayer becomes a powerful tool because of unity. I’m happy to live in a community that faithfully supports praying together with one mind and in one voice.
And though you may not be able to see it in the police or sheriff’s blotters, Sound off or the local news, I want you to know that this community is blessed. A good friend uses a slogan: “We can do it better, together” — and I find this to be the case when it comes to Liberty County.
As we continue to move forward, we must embrace our differences and become a community of Christians that glorify God. I recently attended a Liberty County School System community forum. Liberty County School Superintendent Dr. Valya Lee presented a slideshow displaying all the advances of our school system. The forum revealed dedicated leaders focused on the people they serve.
Jennifer Darsey has excitedly garnered financial support for nonprofits throughout Liberty and Long counties. Recent city council meetings displayed the progress of leaders operating in harmony, and county commissioners constantly have been looking for ways to improve rural areas. I’ve seen pastors working harder with fewer volunteers. These are just a few examples of how blessed this community is.
Some people look at building, structures, salaries, jobs, crime, etc., and see everything that is wrong. I choose to see how prayer has opened up doors for this community to be the talk of the nation.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” — Philippians 4:6
This community has availed much. It’s not perfect, but I’m thankful to know I live in a community of praying people. I believe the more we pray, the better we become. Prayer allows us to take our issues to the One who is able to solve them all.
Keep praying. “Much prayer, much power. Little prayer, little power!”

Hayes is the pastor of New Day Community Church and president of the United Ministerial Alliance.

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