The prayer movement known as “The Response” is coming to North Carolina. The groundswell event was born earlier this year when Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana called for a Day of Prayer for his state. Several months later, Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina followed with a day of prayer gathering in Charleston.
Mark Harris, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte, attended the S.C. prayer meeting. He said, “Believers from all over that state streamed into Charleston for a prayer event like few I have ever witnessed. It was incredible. What no one could have known was that four days later, in that same city of Charleston, nine followers of Christ were murdered at their Wednesday evening Bible Study.
“Many folks I have spoken to about that tragic week still point to how God moved and prepared leaders to respond. No one can argue but that the love of Christ and the forgiveness shown by the families of the victims radiated throughout our nation.”
North Carolina’s The Response prayer gathering will be Sept. 26 at the Charlotte Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Organizers hope the meeting will draw thousands to Charlotte for focused prayer for the state and nation. Participants are asked to register online at theresponseusa.com/north-carolina/. Similar events are scheduled in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi according to the website.