If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. - 2 Chronicles 7:14

MOBILE — A prayer event Thursday in Mobile aims to bring together people of faith and allow for the power of prayer to be felt throughout the city.

Mark Foley, with Wake Up, an online magazine that celebrates prayer and God's work in Mobile, is helping organize the event. He is asking people to join in asking God to bless the city of Mobile and to expand the Kingdom of God.

"We're not really focused so much on what God said He would do as much as what He said we are to do," Foley said. "And that is to humble ourselves and pray and to seek Him and repent from sin."

The prayer event will be at the gates of the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Mobile and will move into the sanctuary. The location is across the street from where an LGBTQ Pride Month event is planned for the weekend.

"We were discussing the event on Friday and thought perhaps that was a great reminder that we need to call the people of God together, not to pray against anything, but to seek God as He has instructed us to do," said Foley.

However, Foley said the objective is not to fight but to be faithful to the Word of God and to listen to the directions given to Christians by the Lord.

"We are not reacting to the gay pride thing," he explained. "It would be disingenuous for me to say that I don't care about it, I certainly do care. But I think the response that we're considering and hoping for by bringing Christians together is to be proactive in moving forward, asking God to bless the city, to expand His kingdom among us, take care of people that are hurting and to forgive our own sin."

Foley said the spirit of anger across the nation must be addressed with prayer and love, which will be the event's goal on June 8.

"I believe what's happening in our country is a spiritual battle," Foley added. "I don't have a fight against individuals who view important things differently than me. I don't. I have a responsibility to love them, and I have a responsibility to run to Christ and ask him, 'Lord, what would you do among us?"

Christian Business Men's Connection (CBMC) is also hosting the event. It begins at 6:15 p.m. and is open to the public.

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