WASHINGTON – More than 2,000 evangelical women gathered in the nation's capital this weekend to pray for positive change in the country ahead of the upcoming presidential election.
Under the banner "A Voice for the Times: Calling Women to Transform their Nation," participants of Aglow International's Sept. 26-28 conference were called to pray for a spiritual awakening in the country and to be engaged in the election process.
"In this pivotal election year, it is critical that the voices of evangelical women and spiritual mothers be raised," said Jane Hansen Hoyt, the president of Aglow International, one of the world's largest women's organizations. "We must pray for America's future and participate in public life."
Hoyt said the voice of the evangelical women offers something unique to the discussion because God created females so that they innately care about social issues concerning family, children, abuse issues of children and women, and they have a "low tolerance" for crime and government corruption.
"Women could well swing the election," Hoyt told The Christian Post. "They hold 52 to 54 percent of the voting power in our nation. It is critical that women become involved in the political process, that their voice be heard."
The three-day conference, held 40 days before Election Day, featured a public prayer gathering on Saturday.
During the gathering, participants prayed for seven spheres of influence in the country.
"We have come to the nation's Capitol to focus prayer on government, family, the Church, media, education, science/business/technology and arts/entertainment," Hoyt said, naming off the seven spheres. "With all of the decisions before our leaders on Capitol Hill and all the crises they face, we believe it is time to call on God's name."
Speakers at the prayer rally included Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.); the Rev. Pierre Bynum, chaplain and national prayer director of the Family Research Council; Chaplain Alan Keiran, chief of staff at the Office of the U.S. Senate Chaplain; and Dr. Corinthia Boone, chairman of the Capital Region National Day of Prayer.
On Sunday, the conference was scheduled to conclude with speakers Graham Cooke, author and popular conference speaker, and Bishop Harry Jackson Jr. of High Impact Leadership Coalition.
Aglow began in 1967 with four Christian women who met together for prayer and fellowship despite denominational differences. Today, Aglow has grown to more than 200,000 women who meet in more than 170 countries, including some in the Middle East. The ministry estimates that it reaches out to 17 million people each year through prayer, teaching, and acts of compassion.