Christian Academy of Carrollton first-graders, above, recite Psalm 23 during a National Day of Prayer event at the school Thursday. The students are, from left to right: Front, Karah Southworth, Gabe Combs and Daisy Mayes; and back, Quinten Nelson, Cooper Hon and Braydon Taylor. Pastor Chris White, below, of the First Baptist Church of Carrollton, speaks about the importance of unceasing prayer and includes accounts of God’s answer to prayer in his own family’s life. White was the main speaker at the Christian Academy of Carrollton’s National Day of Prayer event on Thursday. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Christian Academy of Carrollton first-graders, above, recite Psalm 23 during a National Day of Prayer event at the school Thursday. The students are, from left to right: Front, Karah Southworth, Gabe Combs and Daisy Mayes; and back, Quinten Nelson, Cooper Hon and Braydon Taylor. Pastor Chris White, below, of the First Baptist Church of Carrollton, speaks about the importance of unceasing prayer and includes accounts of God’s answer to prayer in his own family’s life. White was the main speaker at the Christian Academy of Carrollton’s National Day of Prayer event on Thursday. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Groups of Christians came together on both sides of the river Thursday to participate in the National Day of Prayer.

In Madison, pastors from several area churches led a prayer service at the Broadway Fountain. The pastors, each from a different denomination, took turns to pray for the areas of government, the church, the military, the family, education, media and business. They asked that each area be transformed by the Gospel and the love of Jesus Christ.

In Carrollton, community members attended a prayer service at the Christian Academy of Carrollton, which also included presentations by elementary school students and a short sermon from Pastor Chris White, of the First Baptist Church in Carrollton. Referencing the Parable of the Persistent Widow, White talked about the importance of praying without giving up - whether those prayers are about personal struggles with sin or hardship; or for the problems in the culture.