Unprecedented nationwide prayer for Malaysia Day and GE

In an unprecedented move, churches in Malaysia have come together to hold a nationwide prayer for the 50th Malaysia Day celebration on Sept 16 and the upcoming 13th general election.

The prayer movement dubbed ‘Prayer United' was announced on Monday by an interim committee consists of representatives from all Christian groups in Malaysia, including Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM), National Evangelical Christian Fellowship (NECF) as well as those in Sabah and Sarawak.

According to the announcement, the aim of the joint action is to get all Christians, churches and prayer networks in Malaysia to come together to pray for the church and the nation.

"The first purpose is to set up a united prayer movement for the whole church to coordinate prayer and to enhance unity among Christians.

"The second purpose is to challenge the whole church to pray together for the transformation of society and nation.

"In particular, the focus will be on the two upcoming key national events, namely the National Jubilee Celebration beginning on Sept 16, 2012 and the upcoming general election," said the announcement.

More specifically, Christians are to "pray that the upcoming general election will be carried out peacefully and with integrity, and those elected will be honest and able men and women, who sincerely have the country's true and long-term interest in their hearts".

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