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As a way of introduction, here are some excerpts from Bob's original letter that started it all two days before President George W. Bush's first inauguration back in 2001:

Hi. My name is Bob Sjogren and I’d like to encourage you to fast for holiness in the life of George W. Bush while in the Whitehouse.

Let me give you some background…

I am your basic conservative Presbyterian. I came to know the Lord through Campus Crusade and have been in full time Christian work ever since, serving with Frontiers for 18 years and now on loan to ACMC (Advancing Churches In Missions Commitment).

Last year, my wife and I (along with our four kids) went to West Africa to encourage missionaries. The trip took six weeks. Knowing we needed prayer coverage, we ended up getting at least one person to fast for every day we were over there.

While there, we hit what many would call some pretty scary times for our physical safety. Yet through it all, we had perfect peace. Why? Because we knew someone at that very moment was fasting.

Recently, our family watched as our nation chose a president. Now that George W. Bush is in, I can only hope and pray that the scandals that happened to President Clinton will not happen to him. George W. Bush is a believer and carries our Father’s reputation in the actions he takes. (I can only wish we had been doing this for President Clinton.)

It is because our heavenly Father is jealous for his glory (Exodus 20:5) that I write to you.

Recently I have felt the Lord speak to me (remember, I’m a conservative Presbyterian, I rarely use those words) that our President needs someone fasting for him every day in the office for his holiness. This will not only cover him through our prayers and fasting, but also give him encouragement (and accountability) knowing that there is someone (and hopefully multitudes) fasting for him each day.

Being swamped with my own work, I thought, “Great idea, who can handle this?” I called a friend who put me in touch with the National Day of Prayer. They basically said, “Great idea, but we’re swamped.” I then went to Crusade. Same response. I then went to the National Prayer Committee…

In the process I felt the Lord say, “Bob, I asked you to handle this.” Since I feel totally swamped and since it is no where in my “calling”, I felt God saying “that’s what makes you perfectly qualified” (figure that one out!) ....

 
 

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