organizations are beginning 40-day prayer and fasting initiatives.
history,” said John Lind, president of the Presidential Prayer Team, a
nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose mission is to pray for national
participants are joining in online prayer forums. Each morning, team members
also are e-mailed a specific prayer topic that targets a vital aspect of the
election. It includes a related Bible verse, inspirational photo and written
believers nationwide in prayer for both the next president and for specific
political issues facing the United States. The prayer team has sponsored three
other 40-day prayer campaigns leading up to this year’s election. The initial
one was launched back in May.
of America’s future. “We must not only participate with active participation in
the vote but also prayer participation,” said LIFE Outreach International
founder James Robison, in an endorsement for the Pray the Vote initiative. “In
this critical point in human history we must have godly leaders. I’m asking you
to join us in prayer. That people will vote, vote their convictions based upon
principles, and vote for those who will uphold principles and not sell out to
political parties or partisan positions.”
is calling Christians to fast and pray for the next 40 days as part of his
Protect Marriage campaign. The initiative, launched after the California Supreme
Court legalized gay marriage in that state, is designed to generate support for
ballot initiatives in California, Florida and Arizona that, if passed, would
define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
founder Lou Engle, who is calling on church leaders to participate in the 40-day
fast in the run-up to TheCall San Diego on Nov. 1. “We believe the pastors
across California and the nation need to lead the nation in these 40 days of
fasting and prayer. We need to take away the rights of the powers of darkness to
bring this kind of resolution forward because it’s a spiritual battle.”
also conducting prayerful protests outside the nation’s abortion clinics.
initiative the “largest and longest coordinated pro-life mobilization in
history.” Approximately 170 cities in the U.S. and Canada will participate.
current economic situation has weakened the abortion industry and caused many
clinic doors to close. He added that his group hopes the 40 days of prayer will
help eliminate abortion completely.
down to only one or two remaining abortion centers,” Bereit said. “This fall’s
40 Days for Life campaign presents a great opportunity to finish the life-saving
work in these states, creating abortion-free zones and encouraging other states
to follow suit.”
(SBC) 40/40 Prayer Vigil. The denomination says participants can pray for
spiritual revival and national renewal for the duration of the 40-day campaign
and/or choose to pray for 40 hours during the initiative’s culminating
event, which begins Oct. 31.
vigils, but church leaders said all Christians should commit to prayer for this
to praying for the outcome and for those who lead us,” said Geoff Hammond,
president of the SBC’s North American Mission Board. “We must be united in our
prayer and acknowledge that God is the one who must do the work in and through
with His will, more fruitful in our works. And He says He chooses to demonstrate
His power through the prayers of His people.” —Felicia Mann