Mark Able, senior pastor of Southview GBC, said that his prayer was that the time would "honor God with true humility by seeking His guidance and not the guidance of any man."
Dennis Ragle, a Coalition member, added that the event was also designed to show how the church is to be a guiding light in America's political realm. "The role of the church and the government are going in two different directions. But the church is to be the leader."
"Many people do not feel comfortable getting involved in politics, but the church should be helping people to not be intimidated," continued Ragle. “That’s part of what all this was about.”
As an indication of that very theme the time of intercession was divided into seven distinct segments, with each part being led by a pastor from the area's local churches. Topics included the government, media, business, education, church, family, and today's elections.
After the presentation of the flag by the Ashland Veterans Honor Guard, Matt Miller, who served as the emcee, gave an opening statement. He noted that "The heart of the human problem is the problem of the human heart." Miller then tied that to the fact that no act of Congress can make a person obey. This, he said, can only come when God changes a person's heart.
As an illustration of this he pointed to the War of 1812. He acknowledged that it was a dark time for America, to the point where the president had to flee for his life and Britain ended up burning the White House. Yet, Long said, America emerged out of the war strengthened.
“With great challenges come great opportunities,” Long said.
Long went on to acknowledge the veterans and ministers who were gathered at the Corner Park, saying that they were key in America meeting that challenge.