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Prayers for the Nation

242 Travail to pray for the nation every hour until midnight

On the eve of the general election, a network of Bahamians from independent and non-denominational prayer groups teamed together to pray for the nation. And, as Bahamians head to the polls today to choose who will govern the country for the next five years, a prayer will be lifted every hour until midnight, according to Apostle Brenda Pratt.

The prayer movement is being led by 242 Travail – Prayers Across the Nation, which is an organization made up of over 40 prayer groups.

Apostle Pratt, one of the executives of the prayer group, said 242 Travail is a special collaborative effort between the prayer groups to cover the nation in prayer for 21 days leading up to the 2021 general election and a few days after.

The movement began on September 1 and will end on September 21.

While members of 242 Travail have prayed religiously since the start of the initiative, Pratt said prayer warriors will up the ante even more today.

At midnight, we will start a 24-hour prayer watch that will be specifically covering the general election,” Pratt said. “So, it starts Wednesday, September 15 at midnight and it will run until Thursday, September 16 at midnight.

“So, every hour on the hour, we will have different prayer leaders, 24 prayer leaders, who will be leading us in prayer for the 24-hour prayer watch.”

Members of the public can join the prayer platform via Zoom. The meeting ID is 285 969 6718. The platform will be open for 24 hours.

“We have 12 prayer points that we have been praying from September 1st, and those prayer points will be prayed up until tomorrow,” Pratt explained.

“As of the 17th, once the new government comes in, we will shift the prayer points. We have points that we will pray over the new government, and, of course, we will really pray concerning the nation.”

“The major prayer points are, of course, prayers of repentance – we will be repenting on behalf of the nation – and, of course, we will be covering the COVID-19 pandemic and really asking the Lord for help. So, we’re being used for the people of God to really stand in the gap for the nation.”

Following a request from 242 Travail, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis proclaimed yesterday, September 15, a day of prayer throughout The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

He encouraged all citizens to participate in prayer activities scheduled for that day.

To mark the occasion, last night, the prayer group, supported by the Bahamas Christian Council, held a special prayer service.

Pratt, senior pastor of Global Worship Center and leader of Bahamas Manning the Gates prayer group, said the various prayer groups came together after the snap election was called. She said group leaders thought it was important to join forces during this pivotal moment in the nation’s history.

“We decided that we needed to cover the nation at this time, particularly because we are really in the hands of the men and women who go to Parliament, and obviously, there could be a change and so, it would definitely affect the nation for the next five years,” she said.

“So, we decided to come together and pool our efforts collectively as the body of Christ and as prayer leaders.

“Across the nation, we have over 40 groups involved, who are both denominational and independent prayer groups.

“This is not just for the general election, there are urgent matters that are impacting the nation; and so, if the church could collectively come together as one voice, we felt that that would have a greater impact. That was our number one goal.”

She said the collaborative effort has fostered a sense of unity that “we have not seen for a very long time in the church as a whole”.

“These groups have very strong prayer team members, but together we can make a greater impact.”

The group leaders and executive team members also include: Dr. Roslyn Astwood (Bahamas Christian Council Representative); Dr. Delton Ellis (Prayer Watch 5.0); Minister Brenda Harris-Pinder (Women United in Prayer); Pastor Elaine Hinsey (Lioness Arise); Minister Patrice Bain (Prayer Works International); Pastor Judy St. Louis (Wailing Women Worldwide Bahamas); Minister Patricia Johnson-Pratt (The Prayers and Inspiration Network); and Rev. Emily Demeritte (MCCA – Bahamas and Turks & Caicos).

For the last 15 days, every morning, a different prayer leader has led the group in prayer. Pratt said the effort will continue for another five days.

She called on Bahamians everywhere to join in.

For more information, interested parties are asked to call 825-3152 or email 242travail@gmail.com.

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Krystel Brown

Krystel covers breaking news for The Nassau Guardian. Krystel also manages The Guardian’s social media pages. She joined The Nassau Guardian in 2007 as a staff reporter, covering national news. She was promoted to online editor in May 2017. Education: Benedict College, BA in Mass Communications

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