Faces on Faith: Why pray in Washington, D.C.?
On Saturday, July 16, one million people of faith will gather on the Capitol Mall in Washington, D.C.. More than 20 denominations, and dozens of para-church organizations are uniting together to intercede for America? Why would thousands of people travel thousands of miles to pray together? I can answer for one of those one million.
We’re going because America needs prayer. The daily news reports of violence, bigotry, division, as well as political and economic distress. Issues like poverty, hunger, injustice continue to plague our land. The Bible reminds us that if we lack wisdom we should pray. (James 1:5). We need divine wisdom in these troubled times.
We will be on our knees on the Mall because God has encouraged us to call upon Him. He said, “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:17). Time for pointing the finger, passing off blame, and grumbling incessantly is at an end! It is time for God’s people to humble themselves and pray. It is time for God’s people to turn from our wicked ways of apathy, pride, bigotry and violence.
We are going because we believe prayer changes things. It can change the heart of the person praying, and it can change the hearts of those for whom we pray. Prayer can change circumstancesand even the direction of a nation. Saturday, July 16, could very well be a watershed historical event in the life of America.
But why not just pray in my closet at home? Because it is time to break down walls of disunity, and proclaim the power of the united community of faith. Instead of denominations getting digs in at one another, it is time to dig in together and pray, laying aside preferential differences and standing on the faith that unites us. Israel’s King David wrote in the Psalms, “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when people dwell together in unity it is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord commands the blessing life forevermore!” (Psalm 133:1 and 3). A divided house cannot stand, and so on July 16, we will stand together on our knees, interceding for America as one voice.
If you aren’t making the journey to Washington in July, would you make the journey to a place of prayer that day, and pause and pray for America?
-Dr. Daryl G. Donovan, Sanibel Community Church