Utah Religious Leaders Celebrate National Day of Prayer


SALT LAKE CITY – Religious leaders from different traditions in Utah may disagree on many aspects of religion, but they agree on the power of prayer.

Utah religious leaders unite in prayer

The National Day of Prayer, celebrated on the first Thursday in May each year, was founded in 1952 by Congress and President Harry Truman.

Reverend Oscar Moses of Calvary Baptist Church in Salt Lake City, Imam Shuaib of the Islamic Center of Utah and former Evan Schmutz, Seventy General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Saints of Last Days joined Boyd Matheson, host of Inside Sources, to talk about the power of prayer.

Reverend Oscar Moses: “Every day should be a day of prayer”

Religious leaders in Utah consistently emphasize the power of prayer.

“Let’s start with you, Reverend Moses. It has been a tumultuous year to be sure. And, as you watch this national day of prayer, there are many events from all denominations coming together. . . What is in your heart today as you look at where we are aware and where we need to go next? Boyd asked.

“Every day should be a day of prayer. This year has been a great learning experience for many of us. One of the things that I tried to do at Calvary, as a place of prayer, is that we pray specifically for spiritual healing, for physical healing, as well as for racial healing, ”he said. Reverend Moses.

Imam Shuaib: “We pray for all”

“Imam Shuaib, we know it’s the middle of Ramadan for you. Tell us how prayer, especially during this Ramadan season, has been important and different for our friends in the Muslim community, ”Boyd said.

“Probably everyone knows someone in their immediate family circle or circle of friends who has been infected with COVID. So there are many prayers almost daily for people whose loved ones are sick. We therefore pray for all believers, non-believers, fellow human beings, whether in America, Argentina, India or Iraq, all over the world, that God will grant them healing and a speedy recovery, as well as those who have passed. far from this virus may God grant them paradise, ”said Imam Shuaib.

“I’m sure you’re looking at your congregation, and again some of that heaviness from some loss, loss of life and loss of loved ones, and opportunities and so on. What is the hope in your community, especially as you go through this beautiful and powerful time of Ramadan? Boyd asked.

“Ramadan is a month of transformation for the Muslim community, but I believe that as a community as a whole, the pandemic should transform us in the sense that it is not just a return to business as usual” , said Imam Shuaib. “We need to become more connected, more spiritual and realize how dependent we are on the Almighty for every inhale and exhale. How much we depend on each other and how we all have the same hopes and fears. We should become more united out of this pandemic as one community as one country. “

Evan Schmutz: “We pray together”

“This National Day of Prayer began in 1952,” Elder Schmutz said. “Our nation and the world have changed a lot since then. Prayer is more needed, and fewer prayers are offered, and we greatly appreciate those of all religions, who pray to a god.

“I don’t think there has ever been a time in the history of the nation where prayers have been more needed, and I think you are right. Unfortunately, this is probably a time in our history when fewer prayers are offered, ”Boyd said. “What are we doing in faith communities, and in our communities in general, to promote this idea that we can humbly come together, that we can petition a god in heaven, a higher power depending on the tradition of faith, how are we going? “

“I think we can invite people to pray at home or to pray with those who are close to them, whom they love, whether they are family members or loved ones. And then go to church, ”said Brother Schmutz. “I think a lot of churches are still virtual, but as we come together in church we pray together and lift each other up. So I think home and church are two wonderful places to start this. We invite each day each day to bow our heads individually and speak to God, to our Heavenly Father.

Inside Sources with Boyd Matheson can be heard weekdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on KSL NewsRadio. Users can find the show on the KSL NewsRadio website and app.


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