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National Day of Prayer set for Thursday
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For more information on the National Day of Prayer luncheon Thursday at First Baptist Cumming, contact (770) 887-2428 or . The church is at 1597 Sawnee Drive in Cumming.

Mark your calendars for Thursday,which is the 61st National Day of Prayer.

Last year, my friend Sandra Campbell invited me to a luncheon at First Baptist Cumming to celebrate the day, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

I was thrilled and honored when Sandra asked me to come back again as host of the media table.

There is something about coming together with so many people from our community that warms your heart. The meeting begins at noon and lasts an hour. Lunch and child care are provided.

The meeting is nondenominational and everybody is welcome. Just be sure to call the church and reserve a spot so they know how many to expect.

In 2011, there were more than 200 people. They’re expecting more this year.

The theme for the day is “One Nation Under God.” The Bible verse that’s highlighted is Psalm 33:12, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.”

What an appropriate theme for all of us to reflect on at this time in our nation’s history.

Sandra said it best when she told me, “I think it is so important that we gather as a community and pray for our community. We need to affirm publicly that we do believe in God and also praise Him and pray for our local community as well as our nation.”

If you didn’t grow up with prayer an integral part of your life, it may not come naturally. That’s OK.

My mother always taught me that God knows what we need and what we want long before we do, and there is no right or wrong way to talk to God.

For me, prayer is how I get through the good times as well as the bad. As all parents of older children know, when they move out, all you can really do is pray for them.

Sure, we can offer advice and help when they ask. But for those of us with young adult children, most still are not ready to ask much less listen to our advice.

My mother tells me this doesn’t change, no matter how old your kids become.

There is also so much history when it comes to prayer in our country.

I know that some in our government spend much of their time talking about the separation of church and state, but those who are true students of history know our founding fathers were almost all deeply religious men.

In fact, in 1775, the Continental Congress actually asked people to pray for wisdom about forming our great nation.

You can read more about the timeline of the National Day of Prayer at

There is so much turmoil in our world, so many people home and abroad who are suffering and feel hopeless.

Countless people cannot find work or are under-employed. I know many who are working two and three jobs just to make ends meet.

There are governments crumbling around the world and new ones forming that may be worse than the ones they replace.

Our own country feels divided in so many ways and could surely use all of our prayers.

Let’s pray for the innocent, hurting children who don’t understand what’s happening in their lives and simply long for love and security.

When someone tells me they are praying for me, I’m always so humbled. The same is true when someone asks me to pray for them.

I hope you’ll attend the prayer luncheon or set aside some time Thursday to pray. Our community, nation and indeed our world need prayers in a big way.

Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at