"40 Days of Prayer" helps participants decide on presidential vote

11:28 PM, Oct 2, 2012   |    comments
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A growing number of undecided Knoxville voters are relying on their faith to decide who will be the next president of the United States, and they're doing this by going to church every night, all the way to Election Day.

"We have to get united, and start pulling together instead of pulling apart," said self-described conservative Bob Bell in the pews of the Family Life Center in West Knoxville, a church he goes to.

"Exactly," agreed Marie Cooper, who sat in front of Bell. Cooper says she votes mostly Democrat, and goes to a different church -- the Middlebrook Pike United Methodist.

Bell, Cooper, and dozens of other Knoxville faithful are taking part in the first ever "40 Days of Worship and Prayer," a movement organized by several Knoxville area churches to pray that the best person for the job wins the presidency.

"We have Baptist, we have U.M.C., Knoxville Vineyard Christians, non-denominational, independent," said pastor Dennis Sharp, one of the organizers of the movement.

On the movement's 5th night, 13 different Knoxville area churches and worship centers were represented by the "40 Days of Worship and Prayer."

"Whoever would be enthroned over our city, our state, and our nation. Then we're comfortable with whoever is elected," pastor Sharp added.

Many of the undecided voters are meeting daily at different churches until the election, praying that they ultimately make the right choice.  They said they don't wish to pass judgement on President Obama's Protestant beliefs, Governor Romney's Mormon views, or Senator Paul Ryan and Vice President Biden's Catholic faith.

They said in this time of great need, they just want someone who can do the job.

"It doesn't matter who's elected; that's not going to change the country that much. The difference is whoever is elected, we need to pray before that," said pastor Ken Hall.

Those believers will do that for 34 more days, as members from different beliefs look to a higher power to help them vote.

"Need to to stop being so negative against everything, be more positive and vote with your heart," parishioner Bell said.

For more information on the movement, visit the Gathering Knoxville website.

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