YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Thursday marks the annual National Day of Prayer. This day is different than many religious holidays because it is for all religions and anyone of faith.
The Pew Research Center on Religion and Public Life found that 55 percent of people pray daily but 23 percent never pray.
Ninety percent of Jehovah witnesses say they pray every day, 85 percent of Mormons and 80 percent of black protestants.
Age makes a big difference in those who pray daily. The research center found that only 16 percent of 18 to 29-year-olds say they pray daily while 34 percent of 50 to 65-year-olds do (59 percent are women).
The numbers drop as people age with 21 percent of people 65 and over reporting that they pray daily.
People who make $30,000 a year or less pray more than those who make $100,000 per year or more and those with a college degree pray less than those who don’t.
The National Day of Prayer dates back to the 1700s. Religious leaders encourage everyone to reflect and pray on this day.
Wednesday in Liberty, they began the holiday a little early with a ceremony with scripture readings, music and prayer for the community and local police.
“We first have to understand that none of us has life figured out. We all need God. We all need each other, and we need our police force because they are out there risking their lives every day,” said Pastor Michael Constantino with New Life Christain Fellowship.
Several prayers services are planned across Valley some of them are listed here:
Newton Falls – 6 p.m., First Baptist Church. Community-wide prayer service. The sanctuary is open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for personal prayer.
Salem – 12 p.m., Village Green in front of the Chamber Building. The theme is “Love One Another”
Warren – 6:30 p.m., Packard Park Shelter. The speaker is Markus McFolling, an athlete and motivational speaker.
Youngstown – 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. – Downtown Youngstown in Front of Huntington Bank. Prayers will include thoughts for local leaders, law enforcement, safety leaders and the community. There will be a tent set up and chairs to sit on. Music will also part of the program.