VA Churches Join in Nat'l Day of Prayer

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - From the nation's capital to local churches, there is no shortage of events to mark this year's National Day of Prayer.

In song and in prayer, hundreds of people begin their work day at a Virginia Beach banquet hall.

Lawton Baker has organized the area's National Day of Prayer breakfast since it began 16 years ago.

Click play for Efrem Graham's report followed by comments from Virginia Beach, Va., pastor Randy Singer.

There's always prayer for the country, state, children and the military, but it's never the same.

This year, Baker is praying for his son, Capt. Miles Baker, now stationed in Afghanistan after serving in Iraq.

"God says He will bless a righteous man's family for a thousand generations," he said. "Our founders were righteous men."

And Norfolk pastor Eric Thomas has a timely message.

"We live in a day where hope seems to be stolen from us by the headlines, and by circumstances, but God has given us an opportunity on this day as followers to stand up and say, 'No, we have hope,'" he said.

In addition to scheduled prayer meetings, churches across the country are opening their doors for people to come and pray anytime they like. Several prayer rooms are opened for prayer at Harvest Assembly of God Church in Chesapeake, Va.

One room is called the whisper room. It's filled with children's prayer requests and reminders of why prayer is important.

"We are as dependent on prayer as fish are dependent upon water," said Bill Sparkman, a member of the church. "Without prayer, we die."

Today, believers join faith and choose life.

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Efrem Graham

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