Participants in a prayer and praise event raise their hands while the First United Methodist Church worship band plays a song on the bandstand on the courthouse square. JEFF LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD
Participants in a prayer and praise event raise their hands while the First United Methodist Church worship band plays a song on the bandstand on the courthouse square. JEFF LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD

Members of several churches gathered downtown on Saturday to pray for the nation’s wellbeing, for forgiveness and protection from God.

Audrey Freeman, who attends New Covenant Church, helped organize the event. She heard of a similar event in Washington, D.C., scheduled for the same day and organized by Franklin Graham, the son of the late Billy Graham.

The event in Lampasas included music from the First United Methodist Church worship band, and prayers and scripture readings from New Covenant Church Teaching Pastor Darrell Feemster and First United Methodist Church Pastor Paul Allan.

The theme for the event was 2 Chronicles 7:13-14. In that passage, God tells Israelite King Solomon He will heal the nation of its afflictions, including plague, if the people seek God.

“If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land,” the passage states, in verse 14.

Freeman prayed that God would “heal our families, heal our sick and the hurting, heal our schools, heal our government … heal this racial division in our nation.”

Allan spoke and prayed for God to help Christians to love others and that He would “mend families.” The pastor shared a passage from 1 John that states Jesus is the propitiation, or payment, for man’s sins. Allan also briefly spoke out against abortion and problems that arise from fatherless homes. He urged Christians to show humility and love for all people.

Feemster prayed that God would restore the spiritual heritage of America.

“We have deep roots in our country,” Feemster said. “They started even before the days of independence.”

He added that God’s promise to heal the land starts with “If My people…,” and that Christians should not expect national revival to occur without believers also returning to God.

After the event, Freeman said she originally wanted to attend Graham’s prayer march in Washington. But she felt God leading her to instead hold an event in Lampasas and telling her, “you need to pray here…, in your hometown.”