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Prayer day to target U.S. general election

Christians urged to act upon their faith to promote truth and morality

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The National Day of Prayer Task Force and Focus on the Family, based in Colorado Springs, are promoting Sunday, Nov. 5, as a "Pray . . . for Election Day" event.

The group wants millions of Christians to seriously consider and act upon their spiritual and moral obligations during the Nov. 7 general election.

They encourage pastors, ministry leaders and their constituencies to mark Nov. 5 as a day to pray, fast and to exhort others to vote.

"This is a watershed moment for our country," Shirley Dobson, chairwoman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, said. "As a nation we've lost our tradition of right and wrong, common decency and kindness. Only God, along with the commitment and courage exercised by people of faith, can restore truth and morality to our land."

Specifically, the group wants each Christian to encourage two other people to vote, who will in turn ask two more people and so on.

While they stress all believers have an obligation to participate in the event, fasting is optional and common sense and even medical supervision should govern that area.