GRANTS PASS, Ore. – As the days until November 6th count down, a grass-roots movement is underway nationwide to rally Christian congregations and individuals to pray. The movement is taking several forms in local congregations, and is not just an effort to stimulate voter involvement.
Dave Butts is chairman of an organization called ‘America’s National Prayer Committee. This on-line call to prayer is being picked up by congregations all across the country, including Southern Oregon, and it comes in many forms.
“We’ve also asked our congregation to be in prayer during this particular time, reminding them again that we’re supposed to be praying for those who are in leadership,” said the Pastor of Parkway Christian Center, Dennis Webber. “But also that it’s a good time for those of us who believe that prayer makes a difference to pray when our country’s making pretty significant national decisions.”
It’s not a call for partisan appeals to God, but all across the board.
“This is not a call this is political in nature or partisan. It’s not about Democrats or Republicans. It’s about asking God to step into a very serious situation we face as a nation,” said Dave Butts.
Some groups, like the Applegate Christian Fellowship. wonder why the prayer should be limited to 40 days out of the year. Applegate Christian Fellowship stated that prayer, “should be 365 days a year; that our country and our leaders and our communities need prayers every day.”
“Again, not in a way that’s asking God to select our candidate,” Butts said. “But instead, asking the Lord to lead us in a very tough situation in which so many are struggling to understand what is right and what is wrong.”
The First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville is one of the local churches participating in “40 Days of Prayer” for the elections. Their pastor was not available to talk to NewsWatch 12 on-camera for this story.