Today is the first day for the 40/40 Prayer Vigil for Personal Revival and National Renewal. That’s a pretty long title, so I’ll just call it 40/40 from here on out. I just got through praying over the first day, and I’m really excited about how this is going to change me. (No, I don’t have any inside knowledge - I just know that God’s plan is better than mine every time. I’ve also been through the entire guide, so I know what’s coming up!)
40/40 is praying for either 40 days or 40 hours prior to our national election. While it is timed to coincide with the election, and voting is the focus of a few of the days, the main focus of this prayer vigil is personal revival. Though originated by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the vigil is non-denominational; if you’re a Christian, you likely won’t find any of these suggested prayers running counter to your beliefs. Finally, this is a non-partisan thing; no matter what letter would be in parentheses after your name, if you’re a Christian, this is for you.
So, how can you join in? Well, a PDF copy of the guide (in both English and Spanish) can be downloaded from the ERLC’s official 40/40 prayer site. You can visit this page each day; the prayer guides will be in the sidebar. If you want a daily site in Spanish, visit PrayerTracker and change the language to Spanish. Finally, if you have a WordPress blog, and you want to have the prayer guides in your sidebar, you can search for the “40/40 Prayer Vigil” plug-in and install it however you normally install plug-ins.
If any of you are interested, I have converted the “Verse of the Day” on my sidebar from a theme hack to an actual WordPress plug-in. The details (and the download) are over on my tech blog. I plan to convert the category and archive drop-down lists to plug-ins as well - they will all be detailed in the “Programming » WordPress » Plug-Ins” category.
There are a few new features here for you to have fun with. The first is the addition of the box at the bottom of each post that says “Share This”. This allows you to add a link to the article you’ve just read to several online bookmarking and social networking sites, such as Digg, del.ico.us, and StumbleUpon. Additionally, it provides the ability to send an e-mail to someone with a link to the article - if you’re logged in, it even pre-fills your name and e-mail address.
The other two changes work together with each other, to enhance the comments. Check out the “Let Are Kids Walk” article, near the bottom where the comments start. The first icon is the flag of the nation from which the commenter posted (yes, I know where you live!). The next icons show the browser and operating system they were using. For links from other websites (which you’ll see a link from this post to that one), you’ll see the country where the blog resides, and the blogging software used at that site.
For those who want the details on these plug-ins, here are their names, linked to their home pages.
Share This by Alex King provides the “Share This” box at the bottom of each post.