With just about six weeks until the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., prayer warriors are issuing a clarion call for 1 million people to join in intercession for the nation.
A group called Conventions Prayer Coverage aims to build what it calls a “house of prayer” over Tampa during the four days of the Republication National Convention Aug. 27-30 and over Charlotte, N.C., during the four days of the Democratic National Convention Sept. 3-6.
“Our nation is at a precipice. Political parties are divided. There is division in the church. There is division in families,” says Camille McWhirter, chairman of Conventions Prayer Coverage and founder of Pray Tampa Bay. “Hope for our nation is not in any one person or party but in our Creator and Redeemer alone, so we offer our prayers to Him.”
McWhirter says God called her to this mission after a period of praying for Tampa and the United States. When she found out that the Republican National Convention was going to be in Tampa, she says God called her to bring people together in non-partisan, non-political prayer during the convention.
About 100,000 local, state and national leaders, along with media and tourists, will gather in Tampa and Charlotte for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.
“We have this great promise and call for action found in the Bible: ‘If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land …’” McWhirter says. “The Lord is faithful to do great things for our nation if we simply turn to Him in the name of Jesus for the healing of our land.”