"Let everyone who is Godly pray to you while you may be found" (Psalm 32:6)
Sensing the critical nature of the hour, the leadership of Intercessors for America, Men for Nations, The National Prayer Center, The Capitol Hill Prayer Alert, Capitol Hill Prayer Partners, and the US/DC Prayer Watch are calling their constituencies and all concerned Christians to unite in concerted prayer and fasting as they are directed through Election Day, November 5. U.S. voters will elect an entire House of Representatives - including Delegates from U.S. Territories, one third of the Senate, 36 Governors and scores of local and state officials. Political observers report "grueling campaigns" and polls show that many races are "too close to call." The make-up of the new 108th Congress is "hanging in the balance."
While recognizing our great need for national repentance, let us begin with individual repentance, and supplication that the Lord would "show mercy." Prayerfully proclaim and affirm the Sovereign Lordship and finished redemptive work of Christ from Colossians 1:12-20, 2:15 and Revelation 1:5, 17:14.
PRAYER FOCUS - In addition to key election campaigns, prayer should also center on repentance and revival in the Church, the sanctity of human life, securing a congressional ban on partial-birth abortion and the cloning of human beings, religious freedom, racism (in particular the rising anti-Semitism toward the Jewish people), the continuing global war on terrorism, pending military action in Iraq, the Bush Administrationís stance toward Israel and Jerusalem, wisdom in foreign policy toward the "axis of evil" nations - Iran, Iraq and North Korea.
Interceding in accord with the Lordís revealed will for the establishment of "good government" (1 Timothy 2:1-4), the following prayer expressions are being encouraged:
CONCERTED INTERCESSION - Recognizing Godís promise that "the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much" (James 5:16), individuals, prayer partners, prayer "triplets," churches and families are encouraged to stand watch and pray and fast as the Lord directs - either individually or corporately in prayer meetings, during church services and in prayer assemblies.
24-HOUR PRAYER AND NIGHT WATCHES - Churches, prayer groups and networks are encouraged to mount 24-hour prayer and to schedule hour-by-hour night watches, with individuals signing up with a coordinator to fill as many hours as possible. To maintain momentum from Sunday morning congregational prayer, it is critical that afternoon and night watches be started Sunday, October 27. You are invited to join the ongoing nationwide 24-hour US/DC Prayer Watch; e-mail USDCWatch@aol.com or call 1-800-USA-PRAY and you will be sent a complimentary packet of prayer materials.
PRE-DAWN PRAYER LED BY MEN - Men for Nations calls and exhorts "men in every region" (1 Timothy 2:8) to rise and engage in early morning prayer, preferably to offer a "tithe of the day" from 5:00 to 7:00 AM. The Washington, DC office of Men for Nations will conduct 5:00-7:00 AM intercession on Capitol Hill starting Monday morning, October 28, at The National Prayer Center, 137 C Street SE, Washington, DC. If you or a delegate might participate in this DC pre-dawn intercession phone 202-546-3996 or 202-468-7729.
NOON-HOUR PRAYER - Following in the pattern of the "Fulton Street Revival" in New York City, noon-hour prayer in neighborhood churches and in the workplace is encouraged. The Capitol Hill Prayer Alert team will be convening a 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM prayer meeting on Capitol Hill on Monday, October 28, at The National Prayer Center, 137 C Street SE, Washington, DC. Phone 1-888-456-2287 for more information if needed.
ON-SITE INTERCESSION - Capitol Hill Prayer Partners will be dispatching teams to pray in various locations on Capitol Hill throughout the vigil. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org ; a weekly prayer guide is also available.
ELECTION DAY PRAYER - Churches are encouraged to convene
pre-election evening or morning prayer services and are asked
to "open their doors" for "drop-in" prayer
throughout Election Day, November 5.
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