My husband and I arrived in Washington D.C., the week of September 26th, to attend “The Return Prayer” with Jonathan Cahn on the Washington Mall. Simultaneously, there was a Prayer Walk with Franklin Graham starting at the Lincoln Memorial. I was anticipating a powerful time of prayer but had no idea how awesome and moving this day would be.
The first time I heard of The Return was on a Wednesday morning several months ago. My friend and I have a weekly prayer group in our homes. We have anywhere from eight to twelve ladies that come each week to spend an hour praying for our nation, our leaders, and our families. On this particular morning, one of the ladies asked if I had heard of The Return with Jonathan Cahn. As she was describing the event, I immediately pulled it up on my computer that was attached to my TV. As we watched, I knew that this was a God ordained prayer event and I must go.
My husband retired a few months ago and we fully intend to do much traveling and sightseeing so convincing him that a trip to Washington D.C. would be a fun-filled event was a very easy task. As we planned our trip it seemed like many obstacles came along…COVID for one! But in my heart I knew that God was calling us to be there for this time in our nations’ history.
The event was beyond my expectation. There were over fifty speakers that prayed for repentance for our nation. Each one praying specifically about a particular sin. The praise and worship was heavenly and the presence of the Lord was breathtaking. I found myself weeping over the sins of our nation and the moral decline that has happened in what seems like such a short amount of time. I knew that if our nation were to survive we would have to return to God.
Jonathan Cahn shared about particular harbingers (signs/warnings) that were present before the nation of Israel fell into judgment and noting that the same harbingers were appearing in our nation. We have this small window of opportunity in order to repent and turn from sin or else be prepared for the consequences that come when we reject God and His commands. He had a word from the Lord concerning our nation. He prayed and asked all of us to kneel and pray for mercy and repentance upon this land.
While Rabbi Cahn was sharing, a letter from our President, Donald J. Trump, arrived. He read the letter aloud and we all began to pray. The letter started with these words, “On this inaugural National Day of Prayer and Return, the First Lady and I join millions of Christians here in the United States and around the world in prayer, as we turn our hearts to our Lord and Savior.”
The impact of that letter was overwhelming. God always goes through authority and the significance of our President declaring a National Day of Prayer and Return was monumental. My heart sang!
In 2 Chronicles 7:14 it says, “If My people, who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray, seek My face and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear from heaven and I will heal their land.
This is our time in our nations’ history to make a difference and to redirect the direction we are going. We want our children and our grandchildren to live in a peaceful, loving society. It all begins with prayer!
Below is the full message from President Donald J. Trump…
Presidential Message on the National
Day of Prayer and Return, 2020
Issued on: September 26, 2020
On this inaugural National Day of Prayer and Return, the First Lady and I join millions of Christians here in the United States and around the world in prayer, as we turn our hearts to our Lord and Savior.
Our great Nation was founded by men and women of deep and abiding faith—a faith that has stood the test of time. Four hundred years ago, early American settlers trusted their lives to His providence and braved a voyage to a New World. From the pilgrims who sought His protection aboard the Mayflower to the countless believers who today bow their heads to ask for His guidance during these unprecedented times, our country continues to turn to the Lord. Following in our ancestors’ footsteps we continue the “firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence” that provides us enduring strength and reassurance in our times of need.
The trials and tribulations the American people have faced over the past several months have been great. Yet, as we have seen time and again, the resolve of our citizenry—fortified by our faith in God—has guided us through these hardships and helped to unite us as one Nation under God. As we continue to combat the challenges ahead of us, we must remember the sage words of President George Washington during his first Presidential Address: “propitious smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.” As a country and a people, let us renew our commitment to these abiding and timeless principles.
Today, I am pleased to join my voice to yours in thanking God for blessing this nation with great power and responsibility. With reverence, humility, and thanksgiving, we beg for His continued guidance and protection.
- President Donald J. Trump