JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro's newest council member held a community-wide Prayer gathering Saturday at the Rock of NEA.
Alderman Bobby Long spent several weeks working with local pastors to unite residents under one roof to pray for local heroes.
He invited all police officers, first responders, firefighters, teachers, health care workers, military personnel, and city officials to come out to the event.
Long asked them to attend in uniform.
"As we prayed for them, we asked them to stand and be recognized, and then we prayed for them individually as a group," Long said. "It was really, really simple. Sometimes we make things so hard and so difficult. Our intent tonight was to come forward before the throne of God and lift up those people that protect us every day."
Children were encouraged to come and meet the people who keep them safe.
Long said he has seen how the power of prayer can change things when a community comes together.
"In this time we see so many things happening that 15 years ago we would never think would happen," Long said. "It's happening to our police officers. They're being set up and stuff like that. We just want people to know in this community things can be different."
He hopes the people who attended the prayer event learn three things from the gathering.
"I want them to gather a few things, one, that they're not alone; two, that there's people praying for them; and three, this is not the end of an event, but this is the beginning of a season of prayer for our city, state and our country," he said.
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