Christian leaders from across the nation – representing a variety of races, ages, and denominations – will convene in the Dallas area Sept. 21 for The Gathering to pray for forgiveness, wisdom, and provision for the country.
The Gathering will be held at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, with an afternoon session for leaders beginning at noon CT. The national prayer event open to the public will begin at 7 p.m. Both events will be simulcast around the country.
Dr. Tony Evans, chief organizer of The Gathering, said the Bible calls for a solemn assembly with fasting and prayer when God’s people have grown away from Him and want to renew their relationship.
Although the event will be held less than two months before the presidential election, organizers said there will be no overriding political agenda.
“God doesn’t ride on the backs of donkeys or elephants,” said Evans, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas and president of The Urban Alternative. “Christians cannot be so entrenched within political parties that we are not free to speak the truth to those in power. The Church should be the conscience of the government, clearly and respectfully holding political leadership accountable for following God’s principles.”
The organizers of The Gathering said there is a spiritual solution to national issues involving race, the family, immigration, government, and many other topics.
“We need to repent, come back to God, and put our trust in God alone,” said Dr. Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas and immediate past president of the Southern Baptist Convention. “America needs a great spiritual awakening.”
Noting that widespread transformation must begin in the heart and home, organizers of The Gathering said the event will focus on praying for change in four areas – personal, family, communities, and the nation.
Event speakers include NRB members Kay Arthur, co-founder of Precept Ministries International; Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary; Greg Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship; and James Robison, founder of LIFE Outreach International.
The event’s website is thegathering2016.com.
SOURCE: National Religious Broadcasters