Published: Nov 02, 2010 2:57 PM EDT
Updated: Nov 02, 2010 1:37 AM EDT

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - Candidates were gearing up for the big day. And Monday night, a group of local churches prepared in their own way with a election eve prayer service.

The service at St. Mary's Episcopal Church wasn't about what candidate or party you support, it was about everyone coming together in support of our nation and its future.

No political lines... just hope. Religious leaders and members of nearly a dozen local churches joined forces to pray for last-minute guidance before they hit the polls.

"To restore the good feelings, that's a wonderful idea, for peace, and good relationships with our citizens, our fellow people in the community," Naomi Staley of Bonita Springs said.

"There was a real concern and a sense of heaviness about this election, that there is a lot of conflict, a lot of nastiness," Very Rev. Michael Rowe of St. Mary's Episcopal Church said.

Rowe  said he and the other religious leaders felt it was important to allow people from all walks of life to gather as one on issues that have Americans so divided.

"Whether we a agree with someone or not, we treat them or regard them with respect and pay attention to the issue and not attack the personality," Rowe said.

"Especially with the election tomorrow, our country is going the wrong way and we need a lot of help right now," Katherine McMichael of Bonita Springs said.

After all the negative political ads and he-said she-said, people we talked to said it was nice to take one  night, and focus on what election day means to them.