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‘Billy Graham of the Next Generation’ Calls on 1 Million Americans to Unite in Prayer in Washington This Summer

A Minnesota-based evangelist is calling on 1 million Americans to gather in the nation’s capital this summer to pray, worship and “stand for Jesus” and “catalytic change” at Together 2016.

Nick Hall, the founder of PULSE, a prayer and evangelism movement to empower the church and awaken the culture to Jesus, is calling on Americans to unite on the National Mall on July 16 to offer prayer that God will change the hearts of a divided America.

“What would it look like, on one day, to rally the entire nation together, not around what we’re against — and that’s often what we get known for — but rallying people around what we’re for, and around the change that Jesus offers?” Hall asked Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” Easter Sunday.

Hall said the nation is on the precipice of monumental change and emphasized that change is often ushered in by significant gatherings like Together 2016.

“Moments of historic change [are] often marked by historic gatherings, and so, for us, we really believe that this is a time to shift the nation back to what matters,” said Hall, citing other “defining moments of faith” as the women’s suffrage and Civil Rights movements.

Regarding the increasing division of the nation during contentious presidential elections, Hall added that while it’s easy to be critical and negative during election cycles, people really long to come together. “We can still unite, regardless of our differences, and we really believe that Jesus is the one that can bring us together.”

Hall sits on the leadership team of the National Association of Evangelicals and on the student advisory team for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He’s even been dubbed by some as the “Billy Graham of the next generation,” and admires the famed evangelist’s ability to bring people together.

“Billy Graham is obviously a hero of many people. I think the way that he brought people together, the way that he always talks about hope and life, and kept the message on something that could unite. And so, obviously anybody’s going to be humbled and honored to even be mentioned in the same breath as somebody like Billy Graham,” he told Fox News.

“There has to be a leader that rises above, and we think Jesus is that leader. Regardless of, really, religion or background, Jesus offers us an example of friendship, of leadership, of character, of integrity,” Hall continued. “And as people of faith, we believe that His spirit comes and can empower us to be the generation that we’re supposed to be. Through prayer, through getting in scriptures, through talking about His life and what He did, we believe that change can happen in every level of society.”

Several faith and thought leaders will be attending Together 2016, including Francis Chan, Pastor Ronnie Floyd, the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez and evangelist Luis Palau. Christian performers Michael W. Smith, Lecrae, Hillsong United, Kirk Franklin, Kari Jobe, Tasha Cobbs, Casting Crowns, Crowder, Andy Mineo and Trip Lee will also be on hand.

To learn more about this event, visit: Reset2016.com.
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United Cry DC16 Calls on 30,000 Christian Leaders to Pray for America’s Future Together in Washington

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.
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From LA to DC, Evangelicals Call for Repentance, Prayer for America Through UnitedCry DC16, Azusa Now

WASHINGTON — Many of the nation’s most influential pastors and spiritual leaders gathered at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial Saturday for UnitedCry DC16 to offer much-needed prayer for America.

The day’s proceedings were called to order by the bellowing of a shofar, a horn used in ancient Jewish tradition to bring people together, as a diverse gathering of thousands of participants across denominations, ethnicities and generations braved wintry elements to act as intercessors seeking God’s forgiveness and favor on behalf of the nation.

UnitedCry’s emphasis on repentance, spiritual revival and empowerment called for reflection on the legacy of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and included a ceremonial foot washing for members of the King family to atone for America’s past wrongs against King and the struggle for racial equality.

Drs. Alveda and Bernice King, the niece and daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., respectively, among others, represented the King family as pastor and historian Mike Berry prayed that God would cleanse the nation of its past trangressions of dehumanization and racism.

Following the foot washing, Alveda King opened up to The Christian Post to share her feelings about the symbolic gesture. According to King, the need for repentance was not one-sided.

“A lot of prayer went forth to bring us to this moment,” King told CP. ” … The repentance is needed on both sides, and you notice that the response from the King family [was], ‘We repent, we forgive and we love.’ And so it has to come on both sides so that that deep healing can come, and we believe that this is definitely a sign that that is happening.”

King believes that America’s reverence for Christ veered off course decades ago. “We [went] off track in America when we took prayer out of schools in 1963,” she said. “When we began to no longer regard the sanctity of life in 1973 (Roe v. Wade). When we begin to believe that ‘in God we trust’ is something that’s just printed on the money, but not imprinted on our hearts. If my uncle Martin Luther King, Jr. were here today — my daddy’s brother (Rev. Able King) — [he] would say, ‘Come back to God,’ and I believe that that was part of our mission today.”

The activist and former Georgia state representative added that prayer has always been the foundation of America, and without it the nation would be headed for disaster. “You will know that this nation is really in trouble when the people no longer pray.”

UnitedCry founder Lewis Hogan believes that many of the country’s problems can begin to improve when its spiritual leaders come together in unity and prayer, and that’s exactly what they did at Saturday’s event. Some of the nation’s leading pastors and faith leaders, including Ronnie Floyd, Anne Graham Lotz, Jim Garlow, Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr., Doug Stringer, and Samuel Rodriguez, participated.

Hogan previously told The Christian Post, “There is hope for America and prayer can make a difference.”

Prayer gatherings like UnitedCry are not isolated events. From coast to coast prayer movements seem to be catching on. On the same day as DC’s UnitedCry another prayer event, Azusa Now, was simultaneously unfolding in Los Angeles, California at the L.A. Coliseum, and at one point the two events shared a live simulcast.

Azusa Now commemorates the historic Azusa Street Revival of 1906 in which blacks, whites, Asians and Latinos came together and received an outpouring of Christ’s spirit as prophesied in the Book of Acts, ushering in the Pentecostal Movement. The Christian Post reported that Azusa Now had more than 115,000 people register. On its event website, Azusa Now asks: “If the kingdom has expanded in spite of our division, how much more could it achieve in unity?”

The fact that Azusa Now and UnitedCry were held on the same day was more than just good planning. UnitedCry took place on April 9 to honor the Azusa Street Revival, which occurred on April 9, 1906. But the symbolism doesn’t end there.

As previously reported by The Christian Post, April 9 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. Furthermore, as President Abraham Lincoln once tried to unite a racially divided nation, UnitedCry was symbolically situated beneath the Lincoln Memorial.

Epic prayer gatherings like these are becoming a regular occurrence as God pours a common vision into the hearts of His people, said evangelist Nick Hall, who was on hand at UnitedCry to lead attendees in prayer during a portion of the program.

This summer Hall is set to host his own prayer gathering in the nation’s capital, called Together2016. The founder of PULSE, a prayer and evangelism movement to empower the church and awaken the culture to Jesus, Hall is calling on Americans to unite on the National Mall on July 16 to offer prayer that God will change the hearts of a divided America.

While the premise of Hall’s event may sound similar to UnitedCry, the evangelist told The Christian Post that Together2016, which is geared more toward millennials, will be very different.

“There’s a lot of things that happened today [at UnitedCry] that won’t happen at Together, because Together is more of a millennial [event],” he told CP. “If the next gen is going to plan a prayer gathering, it’s going to look different.” As a millennial himself, Hall has been dubbed by some as the “Billy Graham of the next generation.”

Although the evangelist says his event will be very different from UnitedCry, he maintains that God’s plan is the same.

” … We’re just really believing that God is doing something when you see the massive rallying and the call for unity, and all of these things happening. It just seems like it’s something that’s on God’s heart. This isn’t just something that people are coming up with [on their own]. It seems like across different lines, people that weren’t talking, people that didn’t know anything about each other — God is kind of downloading the same vision into many people’s hearts.”
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Mega-Christian Leaders Rushing Into Dallas on Holy Spirit Prayer Assignment

Many of America’s top Christian leaders, representing a variety of races, ages and denominations, will convene in the Dallas area Sept. 21 for The Gathering, a national solemn assembly to pray for forgiveness, wisdom and provision for our country.

The Gathering will be held at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, with an afternoon session for leaders beginning at noon CT. The national prayer event open to the public will begin at 7 p.m. Both events will be simulcast around the country.

Dr. Tony Evans, chief organizer of The Gathering, said the Bible calls for a solemn assembly with fasting and prayer when God’s people have grown away from Him and want to renew their relationship.

Although the event will be held less than two months before the presidential election, organizers said there will be no overriding political agenda.

“God doesn’t ride on the backs of donkeys or elephants,” said Dr. Evans, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas and president of The Urban Alternative. “Christians cannot be so entrenched within political parties that we are not free to speak the truth to those in power. The church should be the conscience of the government, clearly and respectfully holding political leadership accountable for following God’s principles.”

The organizers of The Gathering said there is a spiritual solution to national issues involving race, the family, immigration, government and many other topics.

“We need to repent, come back to God, and put our trust in God alone,” said Dr. Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the organizers. “America needs a great spiritual awakening.”

Other platform guests will include:

  • Dr. Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals;
  • Kay Arthur, co-founder of Precept Ministries International;
  • Jonathan Falwell, pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia;
  • Bishop Harry Jackson, chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition;
  • John Jenkins, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Maryland;
  • Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary;
  • Greg Laurie, evangelist and leader of the Harvest Crusades;
  • Anne Graham Lotz, chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force;
  • Max Lucado, acclaimed preacher and best-selling author;
  • Robert Morris, senior pastor of Gateway Church;
  • James Robison, founder of LIFE Outreach International; and
  • Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

Although the list is populated by some of the most prominent evangelicals in this country, they are uniting in a cause bigger than any individual. The event’swebsite states, “No offering will be received. No books will be sold. No personalities will be promoted.”

Instead, The Gathering will focus on praying for change in four areas—personal, family, communities and the nation—because widespread transformation must begin in the heart and home.

Original article can be read here: http://www.charismanews.com/us/57453-mega-christian-leaders-rushing-into-dallas-on-holy-spirit-prayer-assignment

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