An event called Together 2016 will take place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on July 16, gathering people to focus entirely on Jesus. It will be a day of unified prayer and worship, and a call for catalytic change in a nation marked by rampant and demoralizing division. Organizers are calling it a “family gathering” for everyone, but they expect a generation of young people to lead the way—boldly declaring that “Jesus changes everything.” Hundreds of churches, ministries, and partner organizations are coming together to make this day possible. Nick Hall, founder and chief communicator for Pulse (an evangelistic ministry primarily to young adults), is the originator of this vision. He explains that there have been times in history when the call to Jesus assembled the masses: Explo ‘72 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX; Stand in the Gap with Promise Keepers in Washington, D.C., in 1997, and many crusades in cities across the nation led by Dr. Billy Graham. These were historic events, and their impact stretched beyond the Church to all of culture. Hall believes, “The time has come to define our moment, for our generation.” He adds, “We believe our generation needs a reset. We’re praying for Jesus to move in our lives, to move in this generation. This is a call for all of us to come together. We believe this will be a historic and generation-defining moment. This is about Jesus and His invitation to us.” The hope is that at least a million people will pray together on a single day, especially from the Millennial generation. The Together 2016 gathering is characterized by what organizers call a “reset” prayer: that Jesus brings hope and change by offering a reset in a person’s life. Collectively, they believe this prayer is also an outcry to God to reset a generation and the nation. Several national leaders are adding their names to the growing list of participants who will be on the National Mall on that day. They include Francis Chan, Kari Jobe, Ravi Zacharias, Hillsong United, Luis Palau, Casting Crowns, Jeremy Camp, Nick Hall, Josh McDowell, Lecrae, Matthew West, Michael W. Smith, and others. The hope is for a million intercessors to join the prayer team to pray in advance for Together 2016. Anyone can sign up as a prayer partner, church prayer leader, or prayer network leader by going to reset2016.com/prayer. Participants will receive monthly prayer updates and information. “God is doing something today. He is calling movements together. In fact, you’re seeing this inclination in churches and ministries that are willing to rally together for something bigger than themselves,” says Hall. For more information on the event, travel, and hotels, go to reset2016.com (C) 2015 Prayer Connect.
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