This vast expanse of public land stretching from Capitol Hill to the Lincoln Memorial has seen many mass gatherings across the decades. But never one aimed simply at worshipping the Savior of mankind around-the-clock for days in a row. Yet that’s what’s coming October 6th-9th. Tens of thousands of Christians praising and praying will fill some 57 tents, taking up much of that vast space running through the heart of the nation’s capital.
David Bradshaw, the visionary and organizer of “Awaken the Dawn,” told CBN News, “Starting right at Third Street by the Capitol going all the way down to 14th, which is right there in front of the Washington Monument, there’s going to be a tent city. Every state will have a tent. And every tent will be filled with worship and prayer 24 hours a day.”
“The Lord blesses a people that blesses Him,” said Bradshaw’s friend Jason Hershey who runs an ongoing event also on the National Mall called David’s Tent. It’s been lifting up non-stop worship more than 600 days in a row. He believes that what Awaken the Dawn ignites could bless the whole nation.
“In Scripture, there’s a ton of promises that happen to a nation that seeks His face,” Hershey explained, “from disease being obliterated from your land, establishment of your borders and the healing of relationships.”
Awaken the Dawn wraps up October 9th, Columbus Day, with the latest version of Lou Engle’s TheCall, this year entitled “Rise Up.” It’s asking millions of women across America to rise up and pray the millennial generation into the Kingdom of God, like women did for the youth of the 1960s and ’70s in the Jesus Movement.
“Our goal is to go to every state capital and hundreds of university campuses with public worship gatherings in tents,” Bradshaw said, “We’re calling it Tent the Nation in 2018.” And Bradshaw stated they’re praying even before Awaken the Dawn begins that, “Hundreds of thousands would be saved, not only during the four days, but then out of it as we go to the states.”
Hershey concluded, “So, hopefully, Awaken the Dawn is the prayer meeting that never ends.”