Published on November 7th, 2016 | by ABCUSA0
‘Courage’ is Focus as ABHMS’ ‘Tuesdays’ Prayers for Peace’ Draws to Close
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 11/7/16)—Drawing to a close is American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) “Tuesdays’ Prayers for Peace,” in which American Baptists were invited to pray for this contentious U.S. presidential election each Tuesday through Election Day tomorrow. Each week has featured a suggested focus on which to pray, as Americans contemplated casting a ballot in the race that selects the most powerful official in the nation—if not the world.
The focus for tomorrow—Tuesday, Nov. 8—is “courage,” or the ability to see things in a new way, consequently considering a choice or action different from one previously decided.
Recent political rhetoric has been angry, accusatory, caustic, bombastic and, occasionally, R-rated. It has caused division and discord, fragmenting Americans into polarized camps of “us” versus “them.” The very fabric of our lives as Americans is at stake.
Pray with ABHMS to discern God’s will for our land and the decision to be made in the voting booth. As Christians, we know that prayer is not passive. Prayer has the power to move the mighty hand of the Lord and to change hearts.
American Baptist Home Mission Societies partners with American Baptists in answering God’s call to promote Christian faith across the United States and Puerto Rico to cultivate Christ-centered leaders and disciples, and heal and transform communities, by developing aligned action networks and programs.
American Baptist Churches USA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with approximately 5,000 local congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.