Community members gather at the Cross on the National Day of Prayer

National Day of Prayer service to be held at Lake Junaluska

April 5, 2023

A National Day of Prayer service will be held at the outdoor amphitheater below the Cross at Lake Junaluska on Thursday, May 4, at 10 a.m. The service will be an opportunity to come together to pray for the nation, and representatives from the community will lead all gathered in prayers for family, church, workplace, education, military, government, and arts and media.

Linda Carlson and Melba Hanson, co-coordinators of the 2023 National Day of Prayer event at Lake Junaluska, said the event is open to the public and encouraged everyone to attend.

“This will be the third annual National Day of Prayer event held at Lake Junaluska, and we are incredibly blessed to be a part of this community and nationwide wide prayer effort,” said Carlson and Hanson in a joint statement. “The events of the past year once again point out how much we need a mighty move of the Hand of God. The breakdown of the family, increasing hostility and violence towards our fellow man, deep divisions and animosity among family and friends, and more tragic school shootings demonstrate our desperate need for God’s intervention. Please join us at this special time of prayer. This is such an important time in our nation, and prayer is vitally needed.”

The service will be one of thousands of local National Day of Prayer events to be held across the country. In 1952, Congress established an annual day of prayer and, in 1988, that law was amended, designating the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May.

The theme for the 2023 National Day Prayer is “Pray fervently in righteousness and avail much,” and is based on James 5:16b: “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

Parking will be at Lambuth Inn with disability parking available by the Cross. Seating will be available above the amphitheater for those who are unable to climb the steps. In the event of inclement weather, the service will take place at Memorial Chapel.

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