Georgia Baptist develops election-cycle plan to cover U.S. with prayer, fasting

Georgia Baptist develops election-cycle plan to cover U.S. with prayer, fasting

Kim Strickland favors the serenity of a pond on the edge of her property in Blackshear, Georgia, for prayer. 

“It is where me and God can get some business done for sure,” she said.

It was at this pond God birthed within her a plan to saturate the United States with prayer and fasting every day leading up to and including the 2020 national, state and local elections.

Enlisting others

This Southern Baptist layperson has enlisted a few Georgia pastors and the Piedmont Okefenokee Baptist Association (POBA) to help, including fellow Christians at Bridge Community Church, Blackshear. 

The 365-Plus Prayer Project encourages Christian churches in every state to enlist 365 people to fast and pray one day each in succession leading up to the elections. 

“Here I am just doing my best to do what God said, to implement this plan and I want it to be in all the states,” Strickland said. “Can you imagine if we just had 10 churches in every state with 365 people praying on election day we would have 182,500 people fasting and praying for our elected officials.”

POBA Mission Strategist Greg Benfield serves on the project’s leadership team.

“The idea is to have someone praying and fasting from each church that participates, … praying and fasting for the local leadership, state leadership, national leadership as we’re leading up to that election,” Benfield said. “Regardless of who (wins) that we are praying for that person to seek God’s will.”

Strickland unveiled project plans at the Southern Baptist PrayerLink meeting Oct. 3–5 in Pittsburgh.

The project kicks off Nov. 3 and continues through Nov. 3, 2020. Resources for the prayer initiative are available at 

Though prayers can take many forms, recommended prayer supplications and pleas include:

  • that people are saved and put their faith in Jesus Christ alone, and that families and relationships are restored and healed;
  • that as people come into the family of God they are also able to recognize the enemy who desires to hurt our nation and will boldly stand in opposition to him;
  • that the church of Jesus Christ will grow in every community where it is not currently thriving;
  • that all leaders elected at every level will have the heart of the Living God, including earnest prayer for the U.S. president, U.S. senators and representatives, governors, state legislators and local government leaders. (BP)

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