Prayer is essential to the life of a believer, and this spring United Cry DC16 is an event that hopes to inspire 30,000 believers to come together to pray for the well-being of the nation.
Just as there is strength in numbers, there is strength in those who come together to pray and seek Christ, as evidenced by Matthew 18:20: "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."
That biblical principle is one of the driving forces behind United Cry DC16, a gathering intended to move people to pray for America's future.
"Our nation is in crisis right now," said the event's founder, Lewis Hogan, to The Christian Post. "But my answer to that crisis is that we're not without hope. Joel 2 is our response to the state that we find ourselves in right now, and it begins with prayer."
Hogan believes that many of the country's negative circumstances can begin to turn around when the nation's spiritual leaders come together in unity and prayer.
He went on to say, "Only a united Church can help heal a divided nation. There is hope for America and prayer can make a difference."
United Cry DC16 is Hogan's brainchild. He's been planning the event since January 2014, and presented DC16 last week at the NRB International Media Christian Convention in Nashville. "The last two years have been a season of praying, strategizing, and organizing for this gathering," he explained.
As a result, United Cry DC16 is issuing a siren call to pastors, priests, churches, Christian leaders and believers — near and far — to converge upon D.C.'s Lincoln Memorial on April 9 for a "historic, multiethnic, multigenerational" seven-hour gathering to pray for the nation, and to seek God's "forgiveness, blessing and spiritual awakening in America, and declare [that] the United States is, 'One Nation, Under God.'"
Many faith and thought leaders will be in attendance, including Anne Graham Lotz, George Wood, Pastor Jim Garlow, Samuel Rodriguez, Doug Stringer, and Bishop Harry Jackson, to name a few.
The event's website, unitedcry.com, states: "Calling 30,000 pastors to gather and pray for America's future," and that number has special meaning.
"The figure 30,000 is significant for a variety of reasons," Hogan told CP. "One, according to the theory of the tipping point, 1 percent of the square root of any population can bring great change. In addition, there are roughly 300,000 plus churches in America. We are believing 30,000 pastors as a tithe of the churches. Furthermore, 2 Samuel 6 tells of David bringing the ark of the covenant back into Judah. When he did this, he chose 30,000 choice leaders, according to 2 Samuel 6:1." Hogan continued, "We are believing that as pastors and leaders gather in this place of unity and humility, they will be in a posture to ask God to bring His presence to America in a mighty way."
The date of the event is also significant in that it pays homage to April 9, 1865, the end of the strife of the American Civil War battle of Appomattox Court House, Virginia. The location is appropriately situated on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and as President Lincoln once tried to unite a racially divided nation, one of the event's main focuses will be repentance for racial division — and will be led by the daughter and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Bernice and Alveda King, respectively.
Hogan said, "We are gathering, not to protest or complain about politics, but to honor our leaders and pastors by praying for them. We are coming with humble hearts and asking God to heal the spiritual condition of our nation."
To learn even more about United Cry DC16 and its speakers, and to register for free, go to unitedcry.com.