2012-09-26 / Front Page

People invited to join ‘40 days of prayer’ event ahead of election

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
By JOE L. HUGHES II Ledger Staff Writer joe@gaffneyledger.com

Prayer has proven through the centuries to change lives, as well as the course of a nation .

With America at a critical juncture in its history, a local church wants fellow members of the community to link with them that God’s will be done.

Led by Paul and Anne Clements, Draytonville Baptist Church is asking believers in Cherokee County to engage in 40 days of prayer ahead of November’s presidential election. The period of prayer for the country will begin Sept. 28.

Prompted by a request from renowned pastor John Hagee of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, the Clements’ felt a call to action, believing the nation’s future depended on a return to a Biblical foundation.

“The current climate of the country, particularly politically is pretty dangerous; it’s pretty reminiscent of what happened to the Israelites in the book of Isaiah,” Paul Clements said. “In Isaiah, the Israelites had a covenant with God as long as they kept his commandments, but when they went astray they were conquered.

“When given the opportunity to return to him, they were arrogant, and God grew tired of such behavior. So he lifted his veil of protection and scattered them until the birth of the nation of Israel in 1948. Fast forward to present times, and you see a lot of what occurred then and what is happening now in America.”

The base verse for the upcoming period of prayer is II Chronicles 7:14, which reads “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Paul Clements said Draytonville Baptist Church will open its doors for daily evening prayer sessions beginning Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. He is encouraging other local congregations to do the same.

“It is very necessary that our nation come back to covenant with God; that’s why every day we should pray for God’s guidance,” he said. “We’ve sent letters to at least 91 churches in the county hoping they would join us in the upcoming 40 days of prayer. Of course, we would love for people to join us (at Draytonville Baptist Church for prayer sessions). But if not, we’d love for you to join in; whether at your home, in your car or on the job.”

In addition, a short prayer service will be held Nov. 5 beginning at 6 p.m. at the park located between Gaffney City Hall and the municipal fire department.

Among the things which the local man emphasized was that the extended period of prayer by no means was an endorsement of either presidential candidate.

“This is a non-political time of prayer, for which we are going to God asking only for the good of our nation and that His will be done. We want to present an atmosphere of unity as we pray for our nation,” Paul Clements said.

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