It is easy to say that 2020 has been a trying year for everyone in the world. That is why Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves called a day of prayer and fasting to welcome 2021 and hopes for better days ahead.
“This has been a challenging, dare I say, a very, very hard year for so many of our fellow Mississippians,” he said. “There have been people who have lost their homes, people who had lost friends and family to COVID-19, people who have lost their businesses, and people who have lost their livelihood and their work.”
The 46-years-old governor continued, “As we close out this year, I felt the need to go to God in prayer for our state. Ever since the beginning of this pandemic, we’ve tried to hold opportunities for our fellow Mississippians to pray, to pray together so we can be together.”
“We know that there is power in prayer. In fact, it is what God commands us to do.”
Welcoming 2021 in prayer
On December 20, he held a press conference declaring the day as a statewide prayer and fasting. He invited the residents to participate voluntarily.
“Whether in times of great joy and thanksgiving or in times of great challenges and uncertainty, Mississippians have turned to prayer,” he announced.
“In this season, we acknowledge the challenges and difficulties that many Mississippians have experienced during this unique time in the life of our state and nation…we acknowledge our trust in God in times of distress and the continued need for God’s wisdom and protection for our nation and state.”
Reeves stressed the importance of always coming to the Lord in prayer. He added, “As we have done throughout the history of this country, we will go to the Lord and ask for His protective hand over us as we conclude the year 2020 and as we enter the year 2021.”
Reference: CBN News