Thousands of Christians were expected to gather today at county courthouses nationwide to declare that America needs God's help now.
Billy Wilson, co-organizer of Cry Out America, sponsor of the noontime prayer gatherings, said more and more Christians believe the nation is in a spiritual crisis that is escalating. He said participation this year doubled over the 2008 events, with more than 700 gatherings planned nationwide, including in all 38 of the nation's most populous counties.
"Every day's news is saying to us that we are in a deep spiritual battle," Wilson told Charisma. "And what we're finding is there is a very faithful, hungry remnant in the American church who is stepping to the public square to say, ‘We need God's help now, and the church needs to be reformed, and America needs to find Jesus.'"
Cry Out kicked off Thursday night with a Sacred Assembly in New York City at Crenshaw Christian Center East. Speakers included 9/11 survivor and evangelist Sujo John, New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera, Luis Cortés Jr., president of the Hispanic evangelical network Esperanza; Teen Mania founder Ron Luce, Eagles' Wings Robert Stearns and Charisma editor J. Lee Grady.
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