A Call to Rise Up
“If ever there comes a time when the women of the world come together purely and simply for the benefit of mankind, it will be a force such as the world has never known.” - Matthew Arnold
This past Monday, I had the privilege of joining thousands of women and men to pray for America in our nation’s capitol (Rise Up). For three days prior, there had been day-and-night worship and prayer in 50+ tents covering the National Mall representing each state and region of America (Awaken the Dawn). I was overwhelmed by the sense of God’s presence the moment I walked unto the great lawn.
It had been raining all morning but the faithful thousands stood in plastic hoods and umbrellas engaging in the worship and prayer that was being led on stage. As I walked closer to the stage, I passed by dozens of people on their faces and knees on the bare, wet, makeshift floor.
Desperation and faith felt tangible in the air simultaneously.
There were countless themes being woven in and out throughout the event by the leading of the Holy Spirit, all of which were necessary and dear to the heart of God. But I knew the reason I had subjected myself and my family through 24+ hours of driving in deafening rain for three days when a man I don’t even know the name of came on stage and began to share his testimony.
It was a testimony of how the prayers of his mother and grandmother had caused God’s hands of protection to be on him all his life even though he ran from God. Whether a woman has birthed a child in the natural or not, I believe that the spiritual DNA and heart of a mother is in every woman. And these were his words to the mothers and grandmothers of today:
“Your prayers have the power to wrap the hands of God around the prodigal sons and daughters. Your prayers have the power to lead the prodigal sons into a Damascus road experience. Your prayers have the power to change the direction of those you love no matter what corner of the road they are standing in. Don’t give up. Don’t give up. Your prayers have power.”
It was in this moment that all awareness of surrounding and self was lost as we began crying out for our loved ones and our nation, “LORD, COME TO MY HOUSE!” Groanings too deep for words (Romans 8:26) took over the majority of our prayers. We entered into the pain of our fellow black and hispanic sisters, wept together, and declared the destinies of God over them, their children, and their communities. No one needed to facilitate reconciliation when heaven came down. Women of all colors and ages worshipped together, prayed together, and believed together for OUR children, OUR communities, and OUR nation.
Then came the Lion of Judah.
Every voice roared, “NOT ONE MORE!” to the principalities of death, destruction, injustice, and division. I believe the divine feminine strength within women is the strength of a mother - the supernatural strength to love and to protect what is hers. Lisa Bevere portrayed it perfectly when she said, “I am a Sicilian grandmother - which means at any point I can feed you or I can kill you.” May there rise a new generation of Eves who no longer fall prey under the serpent’s lies but tear him apart and cook him up to feed her children.
I am still processing and unpacking the implications of this historical event for our country and in my personal life. So much of my story was tied to what happened that day - which I will leave out for more intimate settings - but I believe this was the beginning of what was prophesied in Joel 2. May the rending of our hearts usher in the greatest outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our time.
To end, I invite you to pray with me the prayer Lisa Bevere regularly prays over her family - the prayer she prayed over us at Rise Up 2017:
“May we see UP CLOSE what other generations have only seen in the distance. May we speak OUT LOUD what other generations only dared to whisper. May we LAY HOLD with our hands what other generations only touched in prayer. We are for SIGNS, WONDERS, and MIRACLES. We are NOT for death and destruction. We are DISCIPLES of the Lord. GREAT is your peace and undisturbed composure. Go out and CHANGE the world.”