(Accidentally) Praying with a Small Church Gathering in Washington, DC

They smiled and greeted me. “Yes! We’re going to be here every Sunday until elections.”

“Me, too! And I’m thinking the Sunday after elections as well.”

“That’s probably when we need prayer the most,” one man responded.

I agreed. While they prayed in their native tongue, I lifted their prayers to the Lord. Then I prayed for unity.

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

Today, a church was praying at the Jefferson Pier in Washington, DC.

A week ago, the same group was praying down on the sidewalk while when my friend Kathi and I prayed at the Pier.

I say “down” because there’s a retaining wall at the Pier, so that sidewalk is down lower than the Pier, and we have to climb up the wall to get to the Pier.

When the church was done praying and singing, Kathi and I stopped our praying to tell them about the Pier and to invite them to surround the Pier for one more prayer before they left. They accepted, and we prayed together for the unity of these United States.

It was beautiful!

Praying from the Center of the Capital

Jefferson Pier is a 2-foot high marker near the Washington Monument. It marks the geographic center of the original diamond-shaped Washington, DC. When we pray there, we feel like we’re praying over all of the U.S.

[Read more about Jefferson Pier in my previous blog post, “Praying for Wholeness from Washington, D.C.“]

In the center of the Pier, you can see small indentations pointing north, south, east, and west. The north points directly at the White House. The east points directly at the Capitol. That’s no accident. L’Enfant purposely put the White House and the Capitol at a right angle from each other when he designed the city.

Praying for Unity

Today, the church climbed the retaining wall shortly before I did. “You’re back!” I said.

They smiled and greeted me. “Yes! We’re going to be here every Sunday until elections.”

“Me, too! And I’m thinking the Sunday after elections as well.”

“That’s probably when we need prayer the most,” one man responded.

I agreed. While they prayed in their native tongue, I lifted their prayers to the Lord. Then I prayed for unity.

Praying Confessions

Those of us praying in concert with the 40 Days for Life campaign using Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide will be praying tomorrow for our country like Daniel prayed for the Judeans while they were still in captivity.

Cheryl at Jefferson Pier with her prayer guide;; the Washington Monument in the background
Jefferson Pier is a small marker near the Washington Monument, marking the geographic center of the original diamond-shaped Washington, DC.

Tuesday, we’ll ask God’s forgiveness for the U.S.’s abortion history.

That’s what I felt compelled to pray today over these United States—prayers of confession on behalf of all the people.

The first prayer is adapted from Daniel’s prayer in chapter 9:4-19. The second prayer is of repentance over our abortion history. Here’s an excerpt from the Daniel prayer:

Lord, You are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame—the people of our country and Christians both near and far in all the countries where you have scattered us. We, our political leaders, and our ancestors are covered with shame, Lord, because we have sinned against You through extramarital sex, unfair treatment of those caught in adultery, and abortion.

Praying for Worship Warriors

I also prayed for the spiritual freedom, spiritual protection, and spiritual revelation of God-given identities for all the people in our private prayer group and all who read Worship to End Abortion.

I invite you to join us!

In Christ,

Cheryl