Over the weekend, thousands of Christians gathered in Washington D.C. to attend two prayer events at the National Mall. They assembled to repent before God, pray for the country, and plead for revival.
One of the events that took place on Saturday was The Return: National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance. Messianic Jewish Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, who was responsible for leading the event, said that Americans have omitted God from their lives.
“We drove God out of our hearts, out of our government, out of our ways, out of laws, out of the education of our children, [and] out of the public squares,” Cahn exclaimed.
“Out of our businesses, out of our media, out of our culture, out of our lives. And as we drove Him out, we opened up a vacuum into which came a flood of other gods.”
Other evangelical leaders and ministers offered their own remarks, read Scripture, and led prayers, including Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of the late Billy Graham.
“When you pray, remember that you are appealing to the highest authority there is. Nobody can go over His head. He is the highest authority we can appeal to. What he says, is so,” Lotz said.
Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council asked God to “return our love of You to us that we’ll stand fearless in the face of evil.” Former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann said that although we deserve the judgement of God, “we ask for Your grace” and “Your mercy.”
The other event on Saturday, The Washington Prayer March 2020, was led by evangelist Franklin Graham. During the march, Christians prayed in seven locations across the National Mall, including the Washington Monument and the World War II Memorial.
Prior to the start of the event, Vice President Mike Pence made a surprise visit to encourage those participating. “Since the founding of our nation, the American people and our leaders have gone to prayer in challenging times,” Pence said.
Pence then called on Christians to pray for the country, its leaders, and the upcoming Presidential election.
“If His people who are called by His name will humble themselves and pray… He’ll do like He’s always done, through much more challenging times in the life of this nation. You’ll hear from Heaven and He’ll heal this land…,” Pence concluded quoting 2 Chronicles 7:14.