KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Change Center was filled with faith and love Thursday night.
Governor Bill Lee recently called on the entire state to recognize a day of prayer, fasting and turning to God on Oct. 10.
The day was recognized as “TN.10.10” across the state.
Overcoming Believers Church hosted the interfaith prayer service at the Change Center.
Special guests included Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs, city council members, community leaders along with a special performance.
Chris Blue sang gospel as one of the special guests Thursday night.
Leaders from the county, city and churches lead prayer for dozens of people.
Each leader prayed about a different topic affecting the state and city.
Leaders called for prison reform; racial and denominational reconciliation; and spiritual and physical health. Prayers were offered for city and state leaders, educators, children, spiritual leaders; and those fighting depression and anxiety.
Stranger held hands and embraced each other while leaders prayed.
Many thought every prayer spoken was inspirational, but one topic spoke out the most: depression and anxiety.
“I’ve dealt with anxiety myself in the past and I encounter young people especially. But also pastors and church leaders, government leaders,” Emory Quince, a worship pastor at Transformation Knoxville, said.
No one at the event questioned the fact that government and church came together.
“I’m so happy to be in a city when a governor will say we should all come together to pray,” Tina Mills said.
Those who attended hope state leaders continue the Tennessee day of prayer.