Pastor James E. Ward and his wife, Shannon, invite attendees at the National Prayer Altar service at the Museum of the Bible in in Washington, D.C., to kneel and pray with them on Nov. 2, 2002. | Museum of the Bible/Abi Voightmann WASHINGTON — A Chicago pastor and his wife hosted the National Prayer Altar service this week, calling for Americans to set aside political or theological divides to unite before God as the midterm elections approach.
The apolitical event , which took place at the Museum of the Bible on Wednesday night, featured various pastors and policy experts praying for God to heal the nation and recognize His power.
The evening marked the second time the museum hosted the event, with the first one taking place in November 2020.
In addition to locals, individuals from states as far as Arizona, California and Texas also attended the service to pray and worship.
National Prayer Altar Director and INSIGHT Church Pastor James E. Ward Jr. highlighted the difficulties of maintaining a prayer movement during a time of tribalism impacting the nation and its churches.
The pastor said finding a place of unity and prayer “requires the grace of God.”
Aside from Jerusalem, Ward said the nation’s capital is the most important city in the world. Citing 2 Samuel 24:25 , the pastor described how David built an altar to the Lord on God’s command, something the National Prayer Altar intends to do through the museum.
Ward said David used the altar to offer prayers to the Lord, and the “plague was stopped.””I believe we need to build an altar to stand in covenant position to do business with God for the plague and the tragedy we’re seeing in our nation today to be averted,” he said,The Chicago pastor believes the church is winning many local battles but […]
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