LANCASTER – A crowd of more than 100 gathered in front of Lancaster City Hall Thursday night. Many clapped their hands, some shook tambourines, and others danced with arms outstretched as the Praise Team from Living Stone Cathedral of Worship lead the lively group in songs of praise and worship.
The event, dubbed the Night of Prayer, was part of a mission to bring prayer back into the community, said organizers.
“Right here in the middle of the City, we want everybody to know we’re going to be praying all year long,” said Bishop Henry Hearns.
“With the things that are going on – the law suits and what have you — all kinds of things are going on…What we’re saying is God can turn it around,” he continued.
The event was hosted by the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Committee and gave several representatives from local churches a chance to offer heartfelt prayers for the protection of Antelope Valley’s government and community leaders, including:
* The Mayor and City Council
* Antelope Valley Unified School District (all schools)
* Senior and Youth Pastors throughout the Valley
* Juvenile detention centers and prisons
* Sheriff’s Department and safety workers, and
* Antelope Valley as a whole.
“When God’s people pray, he listens to us and hears us,” Pastor Chris Johnson said. “So tonight as we pray, let’s remember who we’re talking to.”
“Being here and seeing the different churches and the different cultures and people here for one reason, which is to pray and to lift up the name of Jesus is phenomenal,” said Ranaje Garrison of the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Committee. “We’re taking church outside of the walls.”
Hearns told the crowd that all men and women should stand up and fight for their right to pray and worship God.
“The time is fast approaching that we are going to have to fight and maybe even have to die just to get a chance to pray,” Hearns said. “I m willing to do whatever it takes to be able to assemble and pray and ask God to help us.”
The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Committee, a non-denominational, non-profit organization of Christian businesses and professionals, came together in 1992 to plan Lancaster’s first Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, held every year on the National Day of Prayer in May. The Committee is now working to bring the community together to pray, joining forces with local churches, including Oasis Christian Church, Desert Vineyard, Grace Chapel, and Living Stone Cathedral.