Charismatic Christians participate in daylong prayer event

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Approximately 40,000 people from around the country gathered at the LP Field Saturday, home of the Tennessee Titans, for a daylong prayer and worship event.

TheCall was organized by a group of charismatic pastor, speakers and authors and was chosen for June 7, 2007 because the number is the Lord's number, organizers said.

Though definitions differ, charismatics generally emphasize an intense personal experience with God and believe the Holy Spirit can work through speaking in tongues, healing and prophecy.

The event is a call to turn the church and nation away from immorality, founder Lou Engle said.

Participants started the day at 7 a.m. with a silent march through Nashville.

Contemporary Christian artist Michael W. Smith and U.S. Sen. and presidential candidate Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, also spoke.

Many participants fasted for several days before the event. "We for a long time have been in prayer against abortion," said Kent Scott of Atlanta, who came with his family for the event. ---

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