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September 18, 2012

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BCF Senior Jacob Patillo led worship during the final
event of praying for the Nation.

In an unprecedented show of commitment, unity, and urgency, students at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville joined with Baptists all across the state in praying for the Nation and setting aside September 17 as BCF's day to focus on prayer. In addition to it being the first day of the annual Prayer Conference and the focus on Constitution Day, over 200 BCF students and faculty members pledged to pray for the Nation and leaders on this special day set aside on campus.

The initial thought was to have students praying from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. in support of the 56 Days of Prayer initiative sponsored by the Florida Baptist Convention Spiritual Awakening Team. Once it was announced at BCF, there were over 100 students that signed up within the first 3 hours to join with other Christians to earnestly pray for the Nation and leaders. The request to pray took on a life of its own as BCF Senior Kessler Newsom tied blue strings around participant's wrists as a reminder to pray and printed out cards to make sure every minute of the day was covered with someone praying. Journal prayer sheets were available in the little Prayer Chapel on campus so that as people went to pray, they could fill out a prayer card and place it at the foot of the cross.

After watching students going in and out of the Prayer Chapel all day long, the prayer warriors then gathered in the R. G. Lee Chapel at 8:00 p.m. for a time of scripture reading and praise. Worship was led by BCF Senior Jacob Patillo and a host of students from all across the campus joined in the event. The special candle light service was designed to praise the Lord and invoke His mighty hand on the Nation. Everyone that attended left with a great sense of thankfulness and assurance that God was in control.

According to BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen, Baptists are a praying people, "We pray for our personal needs, our families, our churches, our denomination, our country and on through an unending list of concerns. Prayer makes a difference in the lives of those who are praying, and in the lives of those who are fortunate enough to be the objects of the prayers of God's people." As an institution, The Baptist College of Florida is committed to praying and encourages everyone to pray for the Nation.

For more information on this special day of prayer at The Baptist College of Florida contact 800-328-2660 ext. 460 or access the website at baptistcollege.edu.