TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Prayer took center stage as close to 100 people gathered at International Park Thursday, bowing their heads on this National Day of Prayer.
"No matter whether you're a Democrat, Republican, the idea is that we can't look to a politician or a law to make change. We have to change ourselves. And the way we do that is through prayer."
The event was the first of its kind for Toledo.
But many of the hearts are heavy, worried about the economy.
"We're concerned about the job loss, unemployment rate going up," said Anna Allegrini. "Family units are suffering."
Linda Gilmore agreed. "People are struggling. It's hard to feed your family, it's hard to buy your lunch, and that's what people are praying for."
Listeners heard from religious leaders and prayed on a variety of topics.
They say the National Day of Prayer is a way to become inspired.
And to inspire others.
"We're not just a bunch of people out here waving flags and saying 'halleluiah,'" said Thomas Berry. "We come from all walks of life, just as this nation is made from all walks of life. And people from all walks of life are realizing the problems we're having in the country. We need to get back to our foundation."