The Intercessory Prayer Ministry is inviting church members, friends, and family to join us as it activates the power of prayer. 1 Thessalonians 5:15-18 reads Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus

For many this is one of the most consequential elections of our lifetime and we need to show up in PRAYER AND AT THE POLLS! Between now and Election Day there will be two periods of sustained prayer.


Church-wide Fast and Daily Prayer—October 26–November 3

The 12 powerful hours of prayer will be followed by a church-wide fast and daily prayer from October 26–November 3. While most people think of fasting as the willful act of abstaining from eating or drinking all or certain foods and/or drink (e.g., caffeine, meat, carbs, sweets, cigarettes, alcohol, fried foods, junk food, etc.), you also may fast by abstaining from engaging in other activities (e.g., television, social media, secular music, etc.). Fasting is a very personal time of prayer between you and God. The reason you choose to fast and which way you fast is between you and God and nobody else.

In addition to fasting, there will be a daily prayer call from 7 a.m.–7:15 a.m. Each prayer call is anchored with a meditative scripture and prayer starter.


Election Eve 16th Street Candlelight Vigil

Join houses of worship on Monday, November 2 from 5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. as members from all religious communities and our neighbors stand vigil along 16th Street from the White House to Silver Spring to shine a light for a just, peaceful, and livable future. We bear witness to the love that grounds us as people of faith and goodwill. How to participate:

  • Please wear masks and stay 6 feet apart.
  • Come to your house of faith (or any convenient point) along 16th Street NW by 5:30 p.m. We especially encourage people to gather (and keep 6 feet apart) at major intersections along 16th Street (K Street, P/Q Streets, U Street, Harvard Street, Meridian Place, Upshur Street, Colorado Avenue, Kalmia Road, Alaska Avenue, etc.).
  • Bring candles (real or battery-operated), lanterns, flashlights, cell phones, etc.
  • Feel free to bring signs on cardboard with boldly painted letters expressing your prayers and hopes for our country. Please do not bring campaign signs for any candidate

Day 1: Monday, October 26

Prayer Leader: Trustee Charlie Sprow

Meditative Scripture:

“Be strong and of good courage do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes before you. He will not leave you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

                                                                                  Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV)

Prayer Starter: 

Father, just as You told Joshua to be strong and courageous, I have faith that You stand by Your people in this election.

Day 2: Tuesday, October 27

Prayer Leader: Deacon Kenyatta Hobson

Meditative Scripture:

So we fasted and earnestly prayed that our God would take care of us, and He heard our prayer.                                                                              Ezra 8:23

Prayer Starter:

Father, your hand is righteous in all that you do. Give us strength to maintain our focus on You.

Day 3: Wednesday, October 28

Prayer Leader: Deacon Sandra LeSesne

Meditative Scripture:

Let justice run down as water, And righteousness like a mighty stream.

Amos 5: 24.

Prayer Starter:

Lord make me an instrument of thy peace.

Day 4: Thursday, October 29

Prayer Leader: Sister Vialetta Graham

Meditative Scripture:

3) Then I set my face toward the Lord to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.

4) And I prayed to the Lord my God and made confessions and said; “Oh Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps his Covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments.”                                            Daniel 9:3-4

Prayer Starter:

Heavenly Father, grant us peace to accept the things we cannot change, courage to change the things we can, and wisdom to know the difference.

Day 5: Friday, October 30

Prayer Leader: Deaconess Pearl Sudduth

Meditative Scripture:

I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in me and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that you sent me.

                                                                                            John 17: 20-21.

Prayer Starter:

Father, thank you for thinking of me as your child and that you have no respect of persons.

Day 6: Saturday, October 31

Prayer Leader: Sister Debra Davis

Meditative Scripture:

We know all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.                      Romans 8:28

Prayer Starter:

Thank you God, that we can trust you with every circumstanceWe do not know the future, but we do know your love never ends.

Day 7: Sunday, November 1

Prayer Leader: Sister Kim Ferguson

Meditative Scripture:

16) Moreover, when you fast, do not like the hypocrites do, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 17) But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18) that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And Your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.                                     Matthew 6:16-18

Prayer Starter:

Father, I stretch my hands to thee. No other help I know.

Day 8: Monday, November 2

Prayer Leader: Deaconess E. Louise White

Meditative Scripture:

But as for me, when they were sick, My clothing was sackcloth; I humbled myself with fasting; And my prayer would return to my own heart.  Psalm 35:13

Prayer Starter:

Father, show me Your way.

Day 8: Tuesday, November 3 – Election Day

Prayer Leader: Rev. Darryl Roberts

Pastor Roberts will break our fast and lead us in closing prayer at 7 a.m. on Election Day. The regular Tuesday prayer call will still start at 6:30 a.m.

Join Us In Prayer

You may join the vigil and daily prayer by calling 605-472-5349, Passcode 348952#

We will pray for a safe and secure election, the patience to wait for every vote to be counted, and an affirmation of all the things that our democracy has been built upon.