Young People Pray for Nation's Leaders

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They flock to Washington, D.C. from all over the country with one goal: to pray for America.

Stay-tuned for continuing CBN News coverage of TheCall in Washington, D.C., throughout this weekend.

They gather for a few days, a few weeks, some for over a year - young people who stand in silent prayer each day in front of the Supreme Court.

What are they praying for? Mainly that Americas would give their hearts to Jesus Christ, and in turn, more righteous leaders would arise.

But at The Justice House of Prayer, they are anything but silent. JHOP is within walking distance of the Supreme Court. And it's where people like Tiffani and Christina fulfill the biblical mandate of praying for leaders and those in authority.

"We have already seen two righteous justices put into the Court, and that's the first time that has happened in 11 years! So prayer, even in the weakest form, silently in front of the Supreme Court does work," Tiffani said.

The idea came about in the fall of 2004 when God led Lou Engle, co-founder of TheCall - another prayer movement - and a group of young adults to pray for Washington elections.

Subsequently, Engle prayed for God to provide a location close to the Supreme Court, the White House, and the Capitol, where they could begin to pray for America's leaders. God answered and JHOP was established.

"What we do in America impacts all the other nations of the world. Our music, our culture, our laws, they affect the other nations. So if America is a bright and shining lamp for Jesus, then it'll affect all the nations of the world," Christina said.

Christina is convinced that through fervent prayer, America will return to the biblical foundation on which she was established.

"I was like asking the Lord, 'What do You want me to do?' And He's like, 'Pray the Constitution.' So I went and got a Constitution at one of these little shops here and just started praying the Preamble, "We the people of the United Stares, in order to form a more perfect Union…" Our country's not unified…" she said.

And pray she did.

"I just started praying for unity, to establish justice - that's the second thing…union and justice," she recalled. "We're right out there in front of the Supreme Court and I'm like, 'Wow Lord, I can see why You want me to pray this.' God wants us to honor Him. And when we honor Him we'll honor one another and it'll be a perfect place to live."

*Original broadcast January 23, 2008.

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