Americans Gather in Nation’s Capital on Day of Prayer and Repentance

Intercessors gather for the Washington Prayer March on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Sept. 26, 2020. | The Christian Post/Brandon Showalter

Two prayer and worship events emphasizing repentance and intercession for the nation brought tens of thousands to the National Mall on Saturday, with many crying out to God for divine intervention. 

Under mostly cloudy skies, both The Return and the Washington Prayer March brought Christians from every part of the country to pray amid a tumultuous political season.

Kelly Hopwood of Virginia Beach, Virginia, spoke to The Christian Post in front of the Washington Monument and explained that she initially traveled to Washington to be a part of Franklin Graham’s Prayer March but arrived early enough to also take part in The Return. In recent days she kept hearing the scripture passage from 2 Chronicles 7:14 reverberate in her heart and felt compelled to pray in the nation’s capital, she said.

The Bible passage reads: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

“We need to be doing that [praying] right now because things aren’t going to get any better. I know God’s in control ultimately, but we also need to be the people He’s called us to be,” Hopwood, a mother and grandmother, said.

Asked if she has hope for divine intervention, she replied, “Oh, absolutely. Without a doubt.”

Earlier this week, Hopwood picked up Messianic Jewish Rabbi Jonathan Cahn’s newest book The Harbinger II and said she couldn’t put it down. The last chapter of the book speaks of coming and praying on the National Mall, and she knew she had to make the trip. Cahn delivered a prophetic message on the Mall at 11 a.m. that was, in part, derived from the book.

For Renee and Steve Beckwith of Kalamazoo, Michigan, who traveled to Washington with three of their four children, the coronavirus pandemic changed everything for them in terms of how they saw the Church and its relationship to the government.