On Saturday, tens of thousands of Christians swarmed Washington D.C. to participate in two prayer events at the National Mall with the purpose of repenting before God, praying for the nation and calling for revival.
According to CBN News, one of the two events was The Return: National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance, led by Messianic Jewish Rabbi, Jonathan Cahn.
At the event, Cahn highlighted the gradual omission of God across America.
“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, out of the public squares. Out of our businesses, out of our media, out of our culture, out of our lives,” Cahn asserted. “And as we drove Him out, we opened up a vacuum into which came a flood of other gods.”
Other Ministers and prominent evangelical leaders also present at the event offered remarks, led prayers and read from the Scriptures.
“When you pray, remember that you are appealing to the highest authority there is,” said evangelist Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of the late Billy Graham. “Nobody can go over His head. He is the highest authority we can appeal to. What he says, is so.”
“Return our love of You to us that we’ll stand fearless in the face of evil,” Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council said, as he pleaded with God.
Former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann also made an appearance as she took to the stage and offered a prayer.
“We deserve Your judgment, Father, but we ask for Your grace. We ask for Your mercy,” Bachmann declared.
Meanwhile, evangelist Franklin Graham led the Washington Prayer March 2020 event in which believers walked from the Lincoln Memorial towards the U.S. Capitol.
Throughout the march, Christians prayed in seven locations across the National Mall, including the Washington Monument and the World War II Memorial.
According to the route map, prayer warriors prayed a different petition based on each location. For instance, The Lincoln Memorial featured a petition of repentance for the nation whereas the petition at the World War II Memorial focused on praying for law enforcement, such as the police and military.
In a surprise appearance, Vice President Mike Pence showed up at the start of the event alongside his wife, Karen Pence.
“Since the founding of our nation, the American people and our leaders have gone to prayer in challenging times,” Pence said, citing Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
Pence mentioned how President Trump “has observed many times that America is a nation of believers.”
As Pence and Trump would travel the country, the Vice President noted how people would always tell them, “I’m praying for you.”
Pence then called believers to pray for the country, its leaders, as well as the new Supreme Court nominee, which would later be revealed to be Amy Coney Barrett.
Additionally, The Vice President reminded attendees that people are still dealing with the pandemic, and to pray for them as well as “for our doctors and nurses, and all of those that are bringing America through these challenging times.”
“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, this one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all,” Pence concluded.