COVID-19, racial tension, nightly protests and riots, and a contentious election season are proving America's need for a grassroots movement already underway, known as "The Return: National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance," which is attracting the support of evangelical voices like Pat Boone and many others.
"The Return" is set for 40 days before the presidential election, and on the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, in the days of America's founding and dedication to God. Surrounding the "The Day of Return" on Sept. 26 at the Washington Mall will be 10 days, known from ancient times as the Days of Awe, to be set as a special time of prayer and repentance from Sept. 18-28.
Pastor Kevin Jessip and New York Times' bestselling author Jonathan Cahn, co-chairs of "The Return," have been joined by many Christian leaders as they call America to profound and lasting repentance. Among them is American music icon Pat Boone, who says the tumult of our times may be God's way of getting the church's attention.
"I think God is trying to get through to us," Boone said. "I think the church, that is, the body of those who believe in God as Creator, the one who created all of us equal with certain inalienable rights—this is in the Declaration of Independence, and our government is founded, our country is founded on this. We all are equal in God's sight, and we have the right to pursue happiness, not the guarantee of it, but the right to pursue happiness equally, and our nation flourished when we were a nation under God."
Boone suggests the need for repentance is evidenced by the price America is paying in the present era of economic and civil strife.
"Now we can hardly claim to truly be a nation under God, and we're paying the consequences of that," Boone said.
Boone isn't the only American faith leader who sees the nation as slipping away from its historic God-fearing mooring. Pastor Kevin Jessip points to believers east and west who crave America's turnaround.
"All over this nation, Christians are praying for revival," Jessip said.
"We have been warned," Jessip continued. "God in His mercy has afforded us a time of reprieve to turn and repent for our land to be spared from destruction. It's a Nineveh moment! 'The Return' is a chance for America, 40 days prior to our next election, to turn back to God, just like Nineveh. 'The Return' is the spark of a movement to gather, fast, pray and repent for our wickedness."
Co-chairs of "The Return" Jonathan Cahn and Kevin Jessip were both moved by the Lord with a message of repentance for our nation. Cahn has recorded a special video about the event, which already has nearly 2 million views. In addition, online resources are available, including videos and downloads for individuals, pastors and churches. Daily devotionals also encourage personal repentance and consecration.
"The Return" is for all believers who love the Lord from all denominations and backgrounds. Leaders already on board with "The Return" include Jonathan Cahn and Kevin Jessip (co-chairs), Mike Lindell, Michele Bachmann, Pat Boone, Dr. James Dobson, Mark Gonzales, Robert Morris, Marcus Lamb, John Kilpatrick, Pierre Bynum, Gen. William Boykin, Carter Conlon, Bishop Harry Jackson, Alveda King, Anne Graham Lotz, Pat and Gordon Robertson, Kevin and Sam Sorbo, Stephen E. Strang, E. W. Jackson and many more supporters listed at thereturn.org/faith-leaders/.
Coordinated events within "The Return" movement will also take place throughout America's cities, towns, houses of worship and homes, as well as in multiple countries around the world, as many believe the nation has been given a critical window of opportunity to repent and return to God.
The following Christian organizations are partners of "The Return":10 Days, All Pro Pastors International, America's National Prayer Committee, Anne Graham Lotz & Angel Ministries, Assemblies of God, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Bless Every Home, Calvary Chapel and Capitol Hill Prayer Partners.
Many others partners of "The Return" include CBN, Charisma Magazine, Church of God, Collide, CTN, Daystar Television Network, Engage Media Partners, EpicPay, Every Home for Christ, Family Research Council, Family Talk, Gateway Church, Hispanic Prayer Network, House of David Ministries, Inciite Events, Intercessors for America, Jensine Bard Ministries, John Kilpatrick Ministries, National Day of Prayer, Museum of the Bible, MyPillow, National Christian Foundation, Outreach, Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches of North America, World Evangelical Alliance, Pre-Born! and Triple Horse Studios.
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