Arkansas State Capitol, Little Rock
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Arkansas Governor, Mike Beebe has proclaimed Thursday, May 2, National Day of Prayer in Arkansas.
This is the 62nd Annual National Day of Prayer. The theme for this year is Pray for America.
The Little Rock Service took place on the steps the State Capitol from noon to 1 p.m.
"We're here today to pray that God would bring supernatural conviction, that God would change America," Pastor Charles Johnson said as he led the service.
On this 62nd observance of the national day of prayer, Lenda Miles said reflecting on the recent marathon bombings prompted her and her sister to attend the service.
"Me and her were talking and listening to the news and everything just went quiet'" she explained. "I heard God speak and he said, you need to put God back into the world."
That's the message Pastor Johnson emphasized to believers in attendance.
"We have to do more."
More is what Brenda Duff said she expected out of people on this national day of praying for our country.
"I counted like 51 people that showed up in the big city of Little Rock, and I think that's sad," Duff said.
A survey released last month found one in five Americans declare no religious preference, which is something Duff and her sister said they have noticed and hope will change.
"We've kind of fell away from that over the last years, and I feel like it's important for us to get that relationship back with God," said Duff.
There is a hotline in place that allows people across the nation to join in prayer. The number to dial is (712) 432-0232 and the passcode is 955964#.