The Return: Prayer and Repentance rises up from the National Mall

By Michael Hernandez

WASHINGTON, D.C.—”We are declaring an outpouring. God is moving in the places of the unseen. You might not see it now but this is our declaration over America,” said Danny Gokey as he opened up Friday evening of The Return at the National Mall with worship.

“I am the bridge in the middle as we pass (God’s blessing) from father to son and from son to father,” said The Return co-chair Kevin Jessip. “We owe them an encounter with the Holy Spirit and to honor the next generation.”

“I had a praying mother and now I pray for Mayors, Governors, and have been to the White House, Department of Justice and working with law enforcement,” said Pastor Troy Martinez, chair of the Recap program in Las Vegas.  “Government can’t do it for us. The police can’t do it for us.” 

“Today, we’re going to stand in the gap for the nation and for ourselves,” said Kim Matthews, founder His Walk Media.”

“Addiction is the greatest opportunity for the biggest revival in history,” said MIke LIndell of My Pillow, who was the featured speaker and spoke of the Lindell Recovery Network after giving his testimony of living years in addiction to cocaine, crack and alcohol before coming to a personal relationship with Jesus. “We’re getting people to Jesus.  Know someone who has gone through addiction and made it. Make that person your hope match.”

“I produced the movie Lost In Space in 1998 but I was lost in space,” said producer Mark Koch. “I was saved by His grace and pulled out of the muck of Hollywood. We all have a divine natural assignment and asked to expose the enemy and take back the nation.  We have a word to remember:

W: Wash yourself with the blood of Jesus Christ.

A: Armor up or get slaughtered.

R: Refill yourself with the Holy Spirit.

“Stand up against hate,” said Gloria Garces. “We need global repentance and global restoration. We need to be healer of wounds. We have the power to love and not hate–to heal and not hurt.”

“The Jesus movement is not canceled, said David Bradshaw, founder of Awaken the Dawn, who described an earlier gathering at the National Mall where 50 tents had been put up and 1,600 worship teams came to release praise and worship.  “We are inviting a generation to find their voice. There is great hope and God is pouring His Spirit in America.”

“God is a generational God. We are the Joshua generation to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to Gen Z and Millennials. Never underestimate the power of God,” said Juan Pinzon, of Global Strategic Alliance.”

“We lose 20-22 veterans a day that take their own lives,” said Paul LaVell of Operation Restored Veterans. “More than 79,000 veterans have died (of suicide) from 2005-2017.  This is unacceptable as a nation. The curse is the spirit of death.”

“There are no men to give guidance,” said Lt. Gen. (Ret). William G. Boykin, Executive Vice President of the Family Research Council. “Where are the men? You’re born to be a man, raised to be a warrior, courageous as men of God in the home, community and church.

“The holocaust of abortion must stop,” said Cynthia Dunbar, Executive Director of the National Resource Center for Education.  “It is time for abortion to be wiped off the face of America. This is our motto: Our God we trust. It is time for tyranny to be replaced with liberty. It is time for Roe v. Wade to be overturned. It is time for an awakening to arise.”

(Editor’s Note: The Return continues on Saturday (Sept. 26) starting at 6 a.m.  Persons wishing to watch can do so on either YouTube or Facebook. The program continues until 6 p.m.)

Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service; editor of the History Makers Report and founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He worked 25 years as a middle school teacher in Monrovia and Los Angeles Unified School Districts. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at [email protected].


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Terri Dyer

Thank you for the transcript do that I can share!