Tens of thousands of Christians marched through the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Saturday to pray for the nation in an event organized by Franklin Graham.
According to White House estimates, the crowd numbered 75,000 to 100,000 people, making it one of the largest gatherings in DC since the COVID-19 nationwide shutdowns.
The Prayer March 2020 was organized by Franklin Graham, son of 20th century evangelist Billy Graham and president of Samaritan’s Purse. In a Fox News interview, Graham announced that Christians would be gathering “to pray, to humble ourselves, to confess the sins of our nation to God, to ask for his forgiveness, and to call on him, to help our nation, and we’re going to pray for our representatives.”
According to the event’s website, the goal of the event was purely about “asking God to heal our land.” It denied itself as any type of protest or political event, and asked anyone attending to refrain from bringing signs endorsing any political party or candidate.
“We’re coming today to call upon the name of God,” Graham said, “because I believe only God can fix the problems that we face in this nation today.”
People came from far-away states. Politicians and religious leaders attended. Liberty University, located in Lynchburg, VA, packed 46 buses with students for the event.
Marchers gathered at noon at the Lincoln Memorial, where they were led in worship by Christian music artist Michael W. Smith.
In a surprise visit, Vice President Mike Pence took the podium and encouraged the crowd to keep praying. “Today, at this Washington Prayer March, you continue a great American tradition,” Pence said. “Since the founding of our nation the American people and our leaders have gone to prayer in challenging times.”
Pence enjoined the crowd from 2 Chronicles 7:14 to humble themselves, pray, and turn from evil, citing the Scriptural promise that God will “do like He’s always done through much more challenging times in the life of this nation. He’ll hear from Heaven and He’ll heal this land. This one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
From the Lincoln Memorial, the marchers walked a 1.8-mile route, in which they stopped at 7 locations, each with a specific prayer focus. At the WWII Memorial site, they prayed for military members, law enforcement, and first responders. At the National Museum of African American History and Culture, they prayed for racial reconciliation and the healing of our communities. At the Washington Monument, they prayed for solutions to COVID-19, for medical workers on the front lines, and for an end to abortion.
The march ended at the U.S. Capitol, where the crowd prayed for all of our elected leaders at all local and national levels.
At the same time the march was underway, President Trump announced his nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court. The Supreme Court will be voting on her nomination the same week that Christians will again be gathering in DC for a Let Us Worship event contending in prayer for national revival.