Do you think the nation’s capital could use a little help these days?
Well, prayer is returning to the U.S. Capitol, which was the scene of many worship services during the early generations of the United States.
The service is an effort by Rev. Dan Cummins to return prayer to the Capitol building, where generations of Washingtonians worshiped God under an open-doors policy.
“Washington: A Man of Prayer” commemorates the events of April 30, 1789, when, after being sworn in at Federal Hall, President Washington, accompanied by Congress, proceeded to St. Paul’s Chapel where they “offered dedicatory prayers to God in divine services on America’s behalf.”
Honorary hosts for this year’s event, starting at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time and lasting for 90 minutes, will be Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla, and Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va.
It is scheduled to be broadcast by Daystar Television Network and livestreamed on the Web on WND.
The event will be held in the U.S. Capitol’s historic Statuary Hall.
The 2015 event, to be attended by Congress members and national Christian leaders, commemorates the 226th inaugural anniversary of President George Washington.
Cummins, a longtime pastor, first obtained permission from House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to use the hall in May 2012, the first time a private citizen had been allowed to hold a prayer service there in more than 120 years.
Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, author of the New York Times bestseller “The Harbinger” and the inspiration behind the “Isaiah 9:10 Judgment” movie, is scheduled to offer prayers.
Scheduled to attend are Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., Bill Flores, R-Texas, Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., Steve Pearce, R-N.M., Jeff Miller, R-Fla., Randy Weber, R-Texas, and Dennis Ross, R-Fla.
See a video about the event:
Historically, as many as 2,000 people were in attendance for worship services in the Capitol after President Thomas Jefferson approved the events.
Services were held in the chamber where the House of Representatives met from 1807 to 1857, now called Statuary Hall.
Cummins, recalling Washington’s first inauguration, said “the world saw more than just the inauguration of the president of a new nation; it witnessed a watershed moment in history when the ideals penned in ink on parchment at Philadelphia’s Continental Congress would preserve what sword and patriots’ blood had inscribed on the field of battle.”
Cummins is founding pastor of Bridlewood Church in Bullard, Texas, and the director of church relations for Renewing American Leadership in Washington, D.C.
Pastor Sergio De La More, founder of Cornerstone Church of San Diego, who spoke at the prayer event in 2013, said it’s important to understand America’s foundation.
“I am certain the framework of our country, built not on economic status, race, or political standing, but rather on the foundation of faith and prayer, still stands as a monument of strength for all people everywhere. We, as a multi-ethnic nation have a rare and historical opportunity to unify ourselves as one church and rally to represent one culture-kingdom culture.”
Kenda Bartlett, executive director of Concerned Women for America in Washington, said, “Over 32 years ago Mrs. Beverly LaHaye, wife of Dr. Tim LaHaye, and a small group of Christian women gathered around a kitchen table to answer God’s calling to start a women’s public policy organization dedicated to putting faith and prayer back into the public square.
“Today that organization is Concerned Women for America (CWA), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with over 500,000 members. So we know first-hand the huge impact a small gathering of believers can make when God is at the center of their work. Likewise, CWA was honored be among the small group of Christian leaders and organizations to gather in Statuary Hall for the first annual ‘Washington: A Man of Prayer’ event observing George Washington’s inauguration address, which boldly called ‘We the People’ to a time of prayer.”
And here is Rabbi Jonathan Cahn speaking at a previous event:
Read Man of Prayer organizer Dan Cummins’ latest column, “Founders’ 4 landmarks: 3 destroyed, 1 to go”
Prayer service returning to U.S. Capitol
Wed, 29 Apr 2015 00:47:58 GMT