Urgent Call to Prayer in Washington, DC

When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do? Psalm 11:3

“A day of national humiliation, fasting, and prayer.” -From President Lincoln’s Proclamation, March 30, 1863

Caught in the terrible catastrophe of the Civil War, Lincoln issued his proclamation calling for a national day of prayer. In this call he declared, “We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown…We have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by same superior wisdom and virtue of our own…We have become too self sufficient…too proud to pray to the God that made us!”

Words of prayer and truthful declaration can change the world. By going to Washington, DC to pray at the Lincoln Memorial at United Cry on April 9, we will be making a positive impact on the destiny of our nation. We pastors are calling out to the church’s servant leaders everywhere. Come to Washington. Help us as we come together to pray for our nation. There is power in agreement. The church in America needs revival.

When Lincoln issued his famous Proclamation of Emancipation in 1863, it was hardly celebrated. Congressmen had tried to dissuade Lincoln from doing so. Pundits scoffed. Confederate States’ newspapers dismissed it as a desperate trick. But two years later emancipation of the slaves became reality. This proves the Bible principle that nothing moves until it is spoken. The worlds were created by the word of God. Declared truth is not an empty exercise, but always accomplishes the purpose for which it is spoken (Isaiah 55:11).

For example: On June 12, 1987 President Ronald Reagan spoke at the closed Brandenburg Gate beneath the ugly Berlin Wall. Against the advice of his aides, he stood and declared the wall should be torn down, that this gate should be opened. The wall had long been a sadistic symbol of the failure of Russia’s godless Marxism. It was part of the larger “Iron Curtain” which imprisoned half of Europe with razor wire, machine gun towers, and guard dogs. Ronald Reagan took the risk of insulting Russian leaders by challenging Gorbachev. “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

Reagan closed his speech by quoting from the actual wall graffiti: “This wall will fall. Beliefs become reality.” Although newsmen gave the speech scant media coverage, just two years later the wall came down. Only then did these famous words come into prominence.

Today our nation is in a deep crisis. It is time to take a stand. A time to pray. Martin Luther King left us these immortal words: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Come to Washington’s Mall on April 9th and help us pray. We must never lose hope. O Lord, revive us again!


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