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Day of Prayer and service held by state leaders on Monday
Day of prayer
A screenshot of a live-streamed prayer service April 27, 2020, shows the Rev. Tom Smiley of Lakewood Baptist Church in Gainesville addressing Gov. Brian Kemp and his family at the Capitol.

A Day of Prayer service was held Monday at the state capitol.

Gov. Brian Kemp, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, Speaker David Ralston and faith leaders gathered at 10 a.m. on Monday in the rotunda. 

Lakewood Baptist’s senior pastor, Tom Smiley, was one of 14 pastors from across Georgia selected to participate in the prayer.  

“This is an honor and great opportunity for me to share the word of God and to lift up Georgians in our time of need,” Smiley said.

State leaders are asking residents to participate by posting videos of their prayers on social media throughout the day.

“Faith and prayer are a comfort to millions of Georgians, and whatever your background, I hope Monday will be a chance for us to focus on those who are hurting and seek wisdom for the hard road ahead," Duncan said.

The service was not open to the public but was live-streamed at 

"Our unprecedented battle with COVID-19 has proven the resolve of the people of Georgia to fight hard, come together, and do what is necessary to stop the spread of the virus," Kemp said in a news release. "While we cannot all be together right now, we can join with one another in prayer for our frontline health care workers, first responders, law enforcement, business owners, local leaders and fellow Georgians as we continue the important work of fighting COVID-19 and safely reopening our state.” 

Ralston said he is proud of the state’s response and the work of health care and other frontline personnel.

“In such trying times, it is appropriate that we come together to pray for those battling this disease and its impact as well as those who have tragically lost loved ones,” he said. “I join with Gov. Kemp, Lt. Gov. Duncan, and all Georgians in praying for the mercy and comfort of our Lord as we look forward to brighter days ahead.”