“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sins and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
With the heart of this verse, around 4,000 people of various ethnic groups and generations gathered together at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA on Tuesday to pray for the nation.
A Line in the Sand Prayer Movement, which lasted from 1 PM to 9 PM, consisted of worship and prayer led by leaders from Caucasian, African American, Latin American, Israeli, and Korean American churches. The Korean American church in particular led prayer at the very end of the day, and prayed for the repentance of personal sins and the sins of the nation; restoration of godly families and churches; restoration within schools and culture; wisdom and guidance for, and raising up of, governmental leaders on the local, state, and federal level; and a spiritual awakening and revival within the nation. There was also a time in which those with physical afflictions were prayed for, that they would be healed.
Individuals from various backgrounds and age groups led portions of the Korean church-led prayer, including first generation Korean church leaders and pastors such as Reverend Kidong Kim, Reverend Yongduk Park, Reverend Yu Chul Chin, and Reverend Paul Gi Hong Han; second generation leaders, including Reverend Stephen Chong and Sharon Chong; and lay people and members of the younger generation, such as Christine Choi, a student at UCLA and a student representative of Korea Campus Crusade for Christ (KCCC), a college campus ministry.
The prayer movement received special attention from Korean churches, as Korean Christians had the longest time allotted to lead prayer—two hours, as opposed to thirty minutes for other ethnic groups that were represented. Korean church leaders also took a significant part in planning the event, as they held numerous preparation meetings, press conferences, and prayer meetings in southern California leading up to the event.
It seems that organizers hope to hold this prayer movement regularly, and leaders of the prayer encouraged attendees to continue in the spirit of repentance and prayer for the individuals and churches in the country, and for the nation as a whole. This year’s event was the second “A Line in the Sand,” after the first took place on November 11, 2011.
In fact, the Korean Christian Council in America (KCCA), which partnered with David Andrade and Michael Petro in organizing “A Line in the Sand 2014,” is planning to have a national prayer movement in 2015, in six different regions: first, in southern California in January; at Dallas in February; at New York in March; at Washington, D.C. in April; at Chicago in May; and in Seattle in June.