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Thousands in Charlotte Sign Declaration to Pray for Revival


Thousands of people came forward on September 2 to sign a Declaration of National Spiritual Emergency at Charlotte714, a citywide prayer and worship assembly held at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Charlotte, NC. (Charlotte714 derives its name from 2 Chronicles 7:14.) The event was timed to coordinate with the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte that week.

An estimated 9,000 people representing more than 100 churches attended Charlotte714. Organizers emphasized that ultimate answers to America’s problems are not found in a political light, but rather by exalting Jesus Christ.

“Today, I awake more encouraged . . . that perhaps the Church of the Lord is showing signs of spiritual awakening,” said Dr. Mark Harris, senior pastor, First Baptist Church of Charlotte, referring to the prayer gathering. “As the Body of Christ is beginning to repent and truly seek God’s presence before we seek His hand, we will see incredible results.”

David Benham, lead organizer of Charlotte714, also expressed excitement about the event. “It was amazing to catch a glimpse of the Charlotte expression of Christ’s Church bowing in repentance and unity, seeking the face of God,” he said. “Last night’s gathering was simply step one in a citywide mobilization of the one spiritual church in Charlotte.”

Charlotte714 organizers are planning more gatherings of churches in Charlotte to pray and, they hope, impact the region. They are partnering with the OneCry national initiative to offer assistance to leaders seeking to replicate the prayer gathering in other cities around the United States. Leaders say they have already heard from people around the country who heard of Charlotte714 or watched the webcast and would like a similar gathering to come to their communities. Both groups say they share a common vision to see gatherings like Charlotte714 spark another Great Awakening in the United States.

“[Charlotte] is one of many places around the nation where individuals and churches are coming together to pray for God to revive our hearts and heal our land,” said Aaron Paulus, OneCry movement coordinator. “As a partner with Charlotte714, we were thrilled to see people of all denominations and races come together to lift high the name of Jesus.”

The Declaration of National Spiritual Emergency can be found on the OneCry website (onecry.com), where anyone can sign up and post their prayers for God to revive the church and transform the culture. To review a list of “Ten Commitments of a Jesus Revolutionary,” go to charlotte714.com.

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