By Bill Bray, Special Campus Correspondent, ASSIST News Service
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (ANS January 4, 2017) – The Rev. Earl Burton of the Bible Fellowship here is urging an Inauguration Day Prayer Watch be held in University communities across the country January 20. United prayer would be held at the traditional hours of public prayer, 6 a.m., 9 a.m., 12 noon, 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. as well as private prayers at 12 midnight and during the 3 a.m. dawn watch.
His plan is being adopted by the Operation Esther Prayer Circle at the University of Virginia and planning meetings are being held January 12 and 19 to invite other campus communities to join across the country.
Rev. Burton is pastor of the Bible Fellowship which meets off Airport Road in Charlottesville at 95 Deerwood Drive. He believes the Prayer Watch should not just be for President-elect Trump and other newly elected leaders but for the welfare of the nation for outgoing President Obama and all leaders per Scriptural mandate.
Meanwhile, in Washington, a Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast scheduled for the Trump Hotel may have to be moved to another venue at the last minute, says organizer Merrie Turner.
Over 1000 Christians have purchased tickets or made reservations for the event which is separate from the Prayers being offered for the president at the Inauguration by Evangelist Franklin Graham and other leading clergy both Roman Catholic and Jewish. Franklin Graham will also speak at the Inaugural Prayer Breakfast.
Rick Gates of the Presidential Inaugural Committee is working with Rev. Turner to find a solution. Rev. Turner still hopes to have the Prayer Breakfast at the Old Postal Pavilion, which is now the signature Trump hotel in Washington.
Rev. Burton says that prayer will not be made just for the safety of the president and a smooth transition of government but also for God’s Word to be recognized for what it is, the center of our public and private lives.
He said there is a lot of planning and talk about partisan celebrations and inaugural balls in Washington on that day but such events don’t “demonstrate the Christian values” of grass roots American churches, communities and even schools like Liberty University and the University of Virginia.
“We are Christians first and Americans second,” said Rev. Burton.
Prayer meetings are being promoted in 3500 campus communities across the country by the Rev. Debra Yarde of the Operation Esther Prayer Circle office at Overseas Students Mission headquarters, 434-227-0811, or 434-305-9641 or online at www.OSMission.org.
Rev. Burton is community advisor to the Student Bible Study Fellowship at the University of Virginia and actively promotes Bible study across the United States in hundreds of capital cities.
According to RelevantMagazine.com, the ministers who will pray and give readings during President Trump’s inauguration are Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, Rev. Franklin Graham and Pastor Paula White.
OPERATION ESTHER PLANS INAUGURATION PRAYER WATCH: Returning students are invited to join with the Operation Esther Prayer Circle Thursday to plan a Prayer Watch on January 20, Inauguration Day. The prayer planning meetings will be held at the Overseas Students Mission, 3045 Ivy Road at 5:30 p.m. January 12 and 19. Details from the Rev. Debra Yarde, 434-227-0811.
Photo captions: 1) The 58th Presidential Inauguration will take place on January 20, 2017 on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. 2) Bill Bray
ABOUT THE WRITER: Bill Bray, 69, is an author, retired foreign correspondent and frequent contributor to ASSIST News Service. He specializes in covering international student ministries and foreign missions. He has traveled to over 65 countries as a missionary journalist to report on missions and development ministries, returning to some countries as many as 30 times during his career. Bray is the author of 13 mission’s books including the forthcoming CALLED TO ALL: Power of a Yielded Life from Zondervan/WestBow Books. He welcomes exchange with readers and can be contacted by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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