Emmanuel Enid

Emmanuel Enid

ENID, Okla. — Emmanuel Enid, 2505 W. Garriott, will host a live simulcast Feb. 18, 2020, of the first Oklahoma Governor’s Prayer Breakfast.

Doors will open at 6:15 a.m. and a free breakfast will begin at 6:30 a.m. The simulcast will be 7:30 a.m. to 9:05 a.m.

The inaugural event “aims to unite Oklahomans through prayer for the state to thrive and for the leadership of Oklahoma and the convening legislative session,” according to a press release.

In a provided statement, Gov. Kevin Stitt said he hopes the event will become an annual occurrence, as the Legislature begins each new session.

“Sarah and I share a strong belief with fellow Oklahomans in the power of prayer,” Stitt said. “Prayer is a gateway for change; it calls us to action, and it stirs our hearts and minds for justice and for mercy. Our hope is that the Oklahoma Governor’s Prayer Breakfast will become an annual tradition of the state coming together to start the new year and a new Legislative session with prayer — prayer for elected leaders, prayer for our communities, prayer for the children in our state, and prayer for wisdom in the big challenges we face.”

According to the press release, the event “provides an opportunity for people of all faiths that pray to humbly ask God for wisdom and to bless the state of Oklahoma.”

“Prayer unites people, breaks down barriers and brings us closer together,” said Joel Harder, steering committee chair for the prayer breakfast. “The work done during the legislative session by our elected leaders is important, and the Oklahoma Governor’s Prayer Breakfast provides people across the state an opportunity to set politics aside and pray for our leaders and for all of Oklahoma to thrive.”

Keynote speaker at the event will be Admiral Barry Black, Chaplain to the United States Senate, and will feature prayers and messages from other guests.

Wade Burleson, lead pastor at Emmanuel Enid, said the need to pray for elected officials spans the partisan divide.

“In a nation built on the principles of a democratic republic, the privilege of citizens to pray for government leaders, regardless of party, is an essential ingredient for keeping our republic,” Burleson said. “We encourage everyone in Enid to join us for the first annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast at Emmanuel Enid.”

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Neal is health, military affairs and religion reporter and columnist for the Enid News & Eagle. Follow him on Twitter, @jamesnealwriter, and online at jamesrneal.com.
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