OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – In the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt is calling for a statewide day of prayer.
Stitt issued a proclamation declaring Thursday, March 26 a ‘Statewide Day of Prayer’ for all Oklahomans impacted by COVID-19.
The governor has called for Oklahoma faith leaders to unite together at a special prayer and worship event titled “Let Hope Rise: Together In Prayer for Oklahoma.”
In-person attendance will not be allowed in accordance with current social distancing guidelines.
“I know this is an uncertain or anxious time for many Oklahomans right now,” said Gov. Stitt. “That is why I believe it is important we join together as a state and pray for God’s blessing, protection and strength as we face a challenge that is unprecedented in its scope.”
The event will feature:
- Transformation Church Pastor Michael Todd
- Life.Church Pastors Craig and Amy Groeschel
- Woodlake Church Pastor Jamie Austin
- People’s Church Pastor Herbert Cooper
- Victory Church Pastors Paul Daugherty and Sharon Daugherty
- Chaplain of the Oklahoma House of Representatives Dr. Joel Harder
- Battle Creek Church Pastor Alex Himaya
- Southern Hills Baptist Church OKC Pastor Doug Melton
- Guts Church Pastor Bill Scheer.
“Prayer is not our last resort, but our first response,” said Michael Todd. “We believe our faith is more important now than it has ever been. Everyone needs an anchor during this turbulent time and that is what prayer is for us.”
The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and will air live on KFOR-TV and other Oklahoma television stations. It will also be streamed online.
“We believe the Church isn’t a building. It’s the people who gather together in worship. Even though we can’t meet in person right now, we’ll continue to use technology to meet online,” added Craig Groeschel. “As we see God move in incredible ways through churches across our state and around the world, we have faith that He will draw even more people to Him in this uncertain time. We have hope because we know our God is good and He’s still in control. ”