In this year filled with disease, riots and chaos, churches all over Dallas County are coming together to pray for our country and her people.
Northside Baptist Church member Kathy Smith said Patti Driggers recommended she watch a video by Johnathan Cahn called The Return. In this video, Cahn presents the message that the U.S, although founded on Biblical principles, has turned from God. He explains that we the people must repent and ask God back into our lives.
Smith said in the video, Cahn talks about Prayer March 2020, which is being headed up by Franklin Graham. This prayer march will take place Sept. 26 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. All Christians are being invited to come to DC to pray for the nation.
Smith said she wants to take it one step further because, “Our nation is in trouble. We all need everybody to get on our knees and repent in short revival in our own heart and soul. We need God right now.”
She met with Driggers, Selma Baptist Association head Tom Stacy, Douglas Coats and Kay Alsobrook. From this meeting came an organized series of local events at various churches that will give more people the opportunity to join together and pray for God to intervene in the “evil that is loose in our country and in our world today.”
Driggers, a member of Praise Park Church of the Nazarene in Valley Grande, said the Biblical inspiration for the events is 2 Chronicles 7-14: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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.”
The Community Prayer for Revival events started Sept. 2. The next Wednesday prayer events will be Sept. 23 at Northside Baptist Church in Selma and at No Limit Assembly of God in Valley Grande. Both start at 6 p.m.
Also planned is Ten Days of Prayer, which starts on Sept. 18 and runs through Sept. 28. Smith said on first night, everyone is asked to pray at home asking God for forgiveness. After that, everyone is invited to meet at a different church each night between 5-7 p.m. to pray together. The schedule of churches is as follows:
Sept. 19 – Christ the King, 1204 Highland Ave., Selma
Sept. 20 – The Word Ministry, US Highway 80E (Corner of Highway 80 & 41)
Sept. 21 – Westwood Baptist, 4085 US Highway 80W, Selma
Sept. 22 – Valley Grande Baptist, 48 County Road 16, Valley Grande
Sept. 23 – See above
Sept. 24 – Crosspoint Christian Church, 1710 West Dallas Ave., Selma
Sept. 25 – Bethel Church, 1102 Nineth Ave. North, Selma
Sept. 26 – See below “The Return” Day of Prayer
Sept. 27 – Elkdale Baptist Church, 2221 Elkdale St., Selma
Sept. 28 – Selma Church of God, 2004 W Highland Ave.,
Selma Gospel Tabernacle Church of God in Christ, 2300 Summerfield Road, 6-8 p.m.
Although a contingency of people from Dallas County is going to Washington, D.C., on Sept. 26 to participate in the Prayer March, a special event is planned here as well. Once again, drawing inspiration from the video by Cahn, the event is called “The Return” Day of Prayer. It will be held between 11 a.m. and noon in the Selma Mall parking lot near Trustmark Bank. Smith and Driggers said pastors and dignitaries from all over Selma and Dallas County will lead the community in prayer for that hour. Smith said everyone is invited to participate. You can join the praying from your car if you wish.
For information about the local events, call Kathy Smith 334-874-6987, Patti Driggers 334-875-4291 or Tom Stacey 334-872-1640.
Seats are available for anyone interested in going to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Prayer March. Kay Alsobrook is setting up a charter bus trip that will leave Selma on Sept. 25 and return Sept. 27. The cost is $250 per person. Anyone interested should call Kay Alsobrook at 334-419-0959 or call First Baptist Church at 334-877-4400.