MOUNT VERNON — On Saturday, residents of Mount Vernon and surrounding areas gathered together in The Dan Emmett Conference Center to pray, as the Apostle Paul urged in 1 Timothy 2: 1-3. The assemblage asked God to bless our nation, our armed forces and our elected and appointed officials, and to grant those in positions of authority wisdom and peace in carrying out their responsibilities.
Paul Dove, who served as master of ceremonies for the 14th annual event, said the title of the happening is actually a misnomer; it is called the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast as a matter of convenience. He said it really is designed to support all elected and appointed officials, regardless of party affiliation.
“I believe in prayer,” Dove continued. “I believe we get results when people get together and pray. We are blessed in this community and this county because people do still get together and pray.”
After giving his personal testimony, Dave Bevington said, “Don’t be afraid to ask God for help.” Speaking from personal experience, he said God might not take away your troubles, but he will help you get through them.
Keynote speaker Mark Canfora also spoke about the power of prayer. Using his own life as an example, Canfora said, “My priorities were messed up and I tried to earn my way into heaven. ... I was a child of the devil until I accepted Jesus into my heart.”