Prayer Group Pitches Tent on White House Lawn

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WASHINGTON - As America prepares to select a new president, a group of Christians has been praying on the White House lawn.

They have actually pitched a tent, called David's Tent, and have been praying 24 hours a day since late September in hopes of turning America back to God.

During a time of fasting and prayer, founder Jason Hershey asked the Lord how he could intercede for America in 2012.

"And I felt like He said, 'Do what King David did. Get the presence by the palace in the capital city," Hershey said.

But even Hershey didn't have faith they'd be within shouting distance of the White House.

"But when we went to get the permit, the Parks Service actually suggested, 'Have you thought about the White House Ellipse?'" he said.

According to protocol, President Obama would not be unaware of their presence.

"The Parks Service has assured us that this close to the White House they absolutely are required to report to the president everything that happens here," Hershey said.

Hershey said the goal of the prayer tent is not political.

"In a time of great debate about which way is this country heading. We want to put a big target on Jesus and say, 'Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and all of these things will be added to you as well,'" he said.

Just as King David danced for joy in the Bible, organizers said joyful worship on the White House lawn is the key that will turn the nation around.

"The shouts of joy and victory resound from the tents of the righteous, so we believe this tent is to have a sound emanating from it of joy and victory," Hershey said.

People from all over the world have joined this effort to worship and pray for America, including a group of young people from Youth With A Mission, based in Hawaii.

"It's seriously incredible. I'm just so happy to be here," worshipper Emily Cole said. "My hope is just to see people come back to God."

"I just really feel like the Lord called me here and He's like, 'Hey, you have a heart for me and love to worship me and be joyful.' And I just felt like He said it's time," Gabriel Villahermosa, another worshipper, said.
 
Hershey said it's very significant to be this close to the Oval Office.

"I think it's a prophetic statement from the Lord Himself, speaking to the Church, speaking to America, that He should be at the highest place of every area of our lives," he said. "I absolutely believe that the presence of the Lord is the strategy. Where He is, everything changes."

David's Tent will be set up on the White House lawn through Election Day, Nov. 6.

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