Southern Baptist Convention Launches Its Own Pre-Election Prayer Effort

What was it that I was just saying about the fact that Religious Right groups seem to do nothing but duplicate the work of other Religious Right groups and that every new organization or event or program seems to have the same mission as every other one?

Well, in addition to the Pray and ACT 40 days of pre-election prayer and fasting, and Cindy Jacobs’ 40 days of pre-election prayer and fasting, and the National Religious Broadcasters’ 40 days of pre-election prayer, we can now also add the Southern Baptist Convention’s 40 days of pre-election prayer:

The 40/40 Prayer Vigil is designed for people to pray for 40 days, between Sept. 20 and the morning of Oct. 29, and then pray for 40 hours between 4 p.m. on Oct. 29 and 8 a.m. on Oct. 31. A downloadable prayer guide and more information is available at The 40/40 prayer guide is written so that it can be used by an individual, a small group or the focus of an entire church body.

The vigil focuses on personal and church revival and national renewal, [Richard] Land said, noting participants are encouraged to heed the truths of 1 Timothy 2 and pray for those in positions of authority in the government.

A pitched spiritual battle rages across the country and around the world, Land said. “Such warfare must be met first of all with spiritual weapons,” he said. “We must pray for a great outpouring of God’s Spirit on our homes, our churches and ourselves that our moral foundation might be recovered.”