NORMAN — Thursday’s cold rain didn’t curb Cheryl Lisle from hosting the annual National Day of Prayer in Norman.
Earlier Thursday morning, Lisle said she contemplated canceling the prayer service due to the weather and joining a service in Oklahoma City. However, Lisle decided to move the service from outdoors to inside the city manager’s office at the city of Norman.
“It was a battle that I couldn’t see and we need to pray,” said Lisle, National Day of Prayer Task Force Volunteer. “God is telling us He wants effective fervent prayer, and rather than being general, He desires it to be specific.”
This year marked the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer. This year’s theme was “Pray for America,” based on Matthew 12:21, which reminds individuals that “In His name the nations will put their hope.”
“As I pondered this scripture, I thought of how many times I have tried to do things in my own strength and way,” Lisle said. “It just works much better when we involve our heavenly Father and follow His will and way. When I pray and listen for His plan I find that peace is close at hand. The best gift I have ever received was learning that I was supposed to have a relationship with my Father in heaven. Surely he died on the cross so I could have a relationship not just religion.”
Norman City Councilman Chad Williams attended Thursday’s service and asked that churches in Norman unite in prayer and worship.
“To look at what we have in common with each other and not what our differences are. To unite and come together and pray for our city and nation and ask God to heal our land and restore all that has been lost,” said Williams, who also serves as the associate pastor of Harvest Church in Norman. “We serve a redemptive God.”