East Texans Honor National Day of Prayer

The turnout for Lufkin's 16th annual prayer day celebration was small, but those who showed up believe the impact prayer has on a community is huge.

Lufkin resident, Eleanor Audrey said, "We honor God when we come together and pray, and we realize that this is the way Heaven is gonna look - very color, every male, woman, children, whatever, this is the way Heaven is gonna look.'

In a time when prayer is frowned upon in some schools and public places, East Texas Christians believe there's always a time and a place to thank God and ask him for blessings.

Reverend Troy Allen said, "My wife and I are raising two grandchildren and we have prayer three days a week within the home, so even though we cannot pray in the schools - for those people who really believe in the power of prayer - they still can pray in the homes and they can pray silently even in the schools."

The National Day of Prayer is always filled with spiritual singing and scripture reading, but following the hurricanes, the continuing war in Iraq, and heated debate over immigrant issues, this year's event has more meaning for many.

Pastor Vic Bass of Faith Family Church said, "We're worried a lot about the bible just being taken out of so many things and we wanna make sure that today we pray, because we know our country has a lot of needs and we know the bible is the answer. The bible declares that God is the creator of everything and we must turn to him."

A lot of people believe Congress should never have established the National Day of Prayer because it goes against separation of church and state, but many East Texas Christians said turning to Christ in good times and bad is always the right thing to do.

Local ministers prayed for several entities Thursday, including family, church, government, education, and media.