SAN DIEGO Thousands of Christians from across California and the nation are expected to descend on Qualcomm Stadium Nov. 1 for The Call, a day-long prayer event.
The gathering will conclude a 40-day fasting period for California that began September 24. The prayer campaign is being held in advance of the November 4 general election in which California voters will be asked to approve Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that will protect traditional marriage in the state. Christians are being asked to fast in some way, either the entire 40 days or perhaps by using team relays to cover the effort.
The Call was first held in Washington, D.C. in 2000 where more than 400,000 people gathered to fast and pray for America. Thirteen similar events across the country over the past eight years have drawn tens of thousands.
The Call is led by national prayer leader Lou Engle who will usher Christians into a time of intense prayer.
Engle was invited to San Diego last year by a network of pastors working to promote the Proposition 8 amendment. Earlier this year Engle said The Call culminates years of prayer for revival in California.
"We are calling the whole state of California together to unite in fasting and praying because when there is crisis in our nation, God's prescription is fasting and praying," Engle said during a July phone interview.
Engle emphasizes that the gathering is not a festival, but rather a 12-hour gathering that focuses on prayer and fasting. A trademark of the event is that the musicians and speakers appearing on stage are not named in advance so that the emphasis remains on the prayer movement and not on individuals.
"We'll be crying for mercy and repentance for the church where it has failed in sustaining and protecting marriage," Engle said. "We are not pointing the finger in anger; we are asking God to intervene. Where there is no remedy, God still has a holy prescription."
The Call will be held from 10am to 10pm. There is no cost to attend the event, but registration is required. For more information on The Call or to register, visit www.thecall.com.
For children of parents attending the Call, The Kidz Call will be held at Skyline Church, 11330 Campo Rd., La Mesa. The kids program will run from 10am to 8pm and includes meals, "Joy Story" characters, worship and prayer for kids infant through 5th grade. The cost is $10. Reservations are required by calling the church at (619) 660-5000.
Pre-Call rallies are being held throughout the state in the weeks leading up to the stadium event. In Southern California, rallies will be held at the following locations:
Friday, September 26, 7pm • Foothills Church, El Cajon, Calif.
Friday, October 3, 7pm • University of California, San Diego Muir College - York Hall, San Diego, Calif.
Saturday, October 4, 7pm • Foss Field, Perris, Calif.
Saturday, October 4, 7pm • University of California, San Diego, Muir College - York Hall, San Diego, Calif.
Sunday, October 5, 7pm • University of California, San Diego Muir College - York Hall, San Diego, Calif.
Saturday, October 11, 7pm • Refuge House of Prayer, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Friday, October 24, 7pm • Grace Korean Church, Fullerton, Calif.