All across America I am hearing the sound of angry voices. I am hearing the sound of accusation, contention, and aggravation. Like Cain and Abel, we are jealous and attacking one another. For the most part, we are no longer even attempting to be civil and accommodating. Instead we have terrorism, urban rioting and economic stagnation staring us in the face. At the same time we have one of the most contentious presidential campaigns, in recent history, ramping up before our eyes. God’s protective shield over this nation is crumbling because of our disobedience to the Lord and His principles. Creative slogans, clever phrases, and human ingenuity cannot defeat the giants we face today. We must have help from heaven. We literally need Jesus to come walking upon the waters of life to us like He did in Matthew 14:22-33! We need Jesus to reach out his hand and save us from sinking into the waves of confusion and fear.
On April 9, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, we believe that prayer will untie God’s hands – so He can help us. And as thousands of pastors and leaders pray as one, it will allow our hearts to be open to respond to His love. I am coming to United Cry16 because our nation is in this critical place. At the same time that I am concerned for our nation; there is the sound of a spiritual drum, beating in the distance. It’s the sound of repentance, humility, and revival. Jesus is standing at our door – asking us to let Him in. United Cry DC16 may be our last chance to avert natural calamities and turn to The Lord and His destiny for our nation. Perhaps the Lord will allow a critical mass of strategic leaders to turn towards Him in DC, just like the hearts of the people did in the great city of Nineveh in Bible Days. The prayer gathering occurs on April 9, which is a very strategic and historic day in American history for racial reconciliation and healing. April 9 was also the day the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church was established. On April 9, 1968 a crowd of 300,000 attended the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One of the major themes of the day of prayer will be the Cry for the Church to lead the way in healing the racial divide in the US. We will pray that grace will come upon the Christian community to unite, to build bridges, and to fulfill Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s dream.
I hope that you will consider praying with us at United Cry.
Harry R. Jackson Jr., is an African-American Christian preacher and Pentecostal bishop who serves as the senior pastor at Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland, and serves as a regional bishop in the Fellowship of International Churches. He is also a social conservative activist and commentator. Jackson is the founder and chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition, which is composed of ministers who actively promote socially conservative causes.
The death of his father, Harry Jackson Sr., caused Jackson to decide to become a Christian minister. He and his wife moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he preached in the inner city. Soon he took a job at Corning Glass (now Corning Incorporated) in Corning, New York, and preached in his free time. There he founded a church called the Christian Hope Center, and his parishioners were mostly white. “We really broke racial barriers for a black man pastoring white people in 1981,” he says.