'Rise Up' prayer rally draws thousands of Christian women to National Mall

Thousands of Christian women braved the wind and rain on Oct. 9 and gathered at the National Mall for the "Rise Up" prayer rally to seek God's guidance for the country and pray for reconciliation and an end to abortion.

(REUTERS / Saul Loeb / Pool)People gather on the National Mall before the inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump in Washington, DC., January 20, 2017.

The "Rise Up" prayer rally held on Monday took after the "Promise Keepers" prayer gathering of Christian men at the National Mall 20 years ago. This time, a crowd made largely of Christian women huddled in groups as they raised their hands to pray for reconciliation between racial and ethnic groups and healing for the nation, Religion News Service detailed.

Speaking to The Christian Post prior to the event, Rise Up organizer Kristina Sabestinas said the prayer rally aimed to launch another "Jesus Movement" for the present generation. She emphasized the importance of prayer and God's presence in the direction of the country.

"Rise Up is sort of the culminating event for that three days of prayer and worship," Sabestinas told the Post. "We would like to see another Jesus Movement birthed for a new generation and believing supernaturally that the presence of God would move across this nation and draw people to Him. We believe prayer is a really important part of that."

Citing Biblical examples of those who stepped up to leadership positions when the situation called for it, Sabestinas said today's women are called to rise up for their children and the next generation. She said just as Deborah and Ester responded to that call, they will also be able to do the same by praying for God's intervention in their country.

Speakers at the "Rise Up" prayer rally urged the participants to pray for U.S. President Donald Trump, former president Barack Obama, and the Supreme Court. The Call movement founder Lou Engle and Cindy Jacobs of the Generals International ministry looked toward the direction of the high court at some point and prayed that the landmark abortion ruling Roe v. Wade would be overturned.

Other speakers at "Rise Up" declared repentance for sins they said others had committed. Promise Keepers president Raleigh Washington asked for the forgiveness of women who had undergone abuse, while Alveda King forgave those who were sorry for expressing some form of racism.