I had the privilege of joining some of the fieriest black pro-life intercessors I know, for an African-American Life Rumble in Fredericksburg, VA. The “rumble,” or prayer gathering, was led by Darrian Summerville. Darrian is an African-American husband, father, worship leader, and voice for the unborn. I’ve known him for three years, and in that time I’ve watched him make radical sacrifices to stand in the gap for our nation. I witnessed him leaving his job to become a prayer missionary as well as choosing to be away from his wife and two boys in order to live inside a schoolhouse within inner city Detroit to fast and pray for 40 days up until The Call Detroit Solemn Assembly. Darrian had a dream years ago that the prayers of black men were a necessary key to seeing the ending of abortion. He’s given himself to becoming one of those men.
Month’s ago, Darrian’s wife, Greta, had an important dream where she saw him leading a prayer meeting for the black community on May 22, 2012. Not sure of what to do with the dream, Darrian and Greta pondered it in their hearts. Later, another dream came forth from Ronnette Cooper, an African-American leader in the Fredericksburg Prayer Furnace. Ronette and her leadership team were planning a prayer conference called Awaken the Dawn and teaming it up with The Call Virginia. Ronnette dreamt that the day before the Awaken the Dawn event, there needed to be an African American prayer gathering. Since Awaken the Dawn began on May 23rd, she knew the prayer gathering should take place on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 – the same day given to Darrian’s wife in her dream. That was enough confirmation to convince them that God had a strategic plan and wanted African-American voices to partner with Him and cry for mercy over America.
Darrian assembled a team that included Ronnette, Corry Robinson, Jonathan Thomas, and myself. Corry Robinson is a black worship leader and prophetic voice from Orlando, Florida. Corry recently had a dream in which God showed him that it was late in the game for those who were fighting against abortion and that there was little time to waste. Corry, who also spent time interceding in Detroit, is sounding an alarm for African-Americans to arise as voices for life in this hour. Jonathan Thomas, a leader for The Call Detroit, is a black creative visionary who proclaims truth with passion and holy zeal. Lou Engle, director of The Call, as well as Dean Nelson, Ben Atkinson and other leaders from around the nation also joined this team.
Hundreds of people packed a conference room at the Fredericksburg Expo Center. Virginia is known for its Civil War battles. Some of the bloodiest battles took place in that state. Blacks and whites, northerners and southerners, were divided while the land trembled under the judgments of the Lord. Over a hundred years have passed since the days of the Civil War, yet we find America in a similar place – still wrestling with racial strife, death, and immorality that seeks to divide and conquer our nation. It was fitting for blacks, whites, Hispanics, and other races to gather in a place where lives were lost in order to battle in prayer to save the soul of our nation.
You could feel the anticipation in the atmosphere. We knew God’s ear was extended towards us and that He was eager to hear our prayers. I had a sense that we were to “leave it all on the field,” to rend our hearts, holding nothing back in prayer and worship. We repented for the sins of racism, abortion, and compromise in the church. We prayed for leaders of the Church and the government officials in our land. We asked God to make President Obama a Lincoln-type President who would release an “Emancipation Proclamation” for the unborn. Tears were shed, shouts were heard, and people dropped to their knees in prayer for America. Lou Engle exhorted us to pray for our President out of a spirit of compassion, asking God to have mercy and turn Obama’s heart. He challenged us to cease judging our President, but instead to pray daily for him. Faith filled the room as we believed that God is whom Proverbs 21:1 says He is – the One who holds the king’s heart in His hand and turns it like streams of water.
Darrian, Corry, and J.T gave impassioned pleas for the body of Christ to quit playing games and seek the Lord in this urgent hour. Summer Johnson, an African woman, gave her testimony of suffering from abortion. Summer confessed to having an abortion while almost five months pregnant. The trauma that filled her after the abortion made her suicidal. Thankfully she heard a word on T.V from Pastor T.D Jakes. He said there were people watching who wanted to kill themselves but that they shouldn’t because God had a plan for them. That word gave Summer hope and she didn’t end her life. Later she realized the spirit of death that had attached to her after her abortion was trying to take her own life as well. She is now a warrior intercessor who, along with 38 other women, just walked 21 days from the mega abortion center in Houston, TX to the steps of the Dallas Courthouse. She is a part of an army of young women who are throwing stones at the goliath of abortion and letting their voices be heard.
Towards the end of the meeting, Darrian began to sing a beautiful version of the 22-word LIFE band prayer. The crowd joined as we all sang for Jesus to end abortion and send revival to America. After Darrian finished, the worship band kicked in and began to sing “America the Beautiful.” A pastor from Joplin, MO heard that song in a dream in which he met President Obama and pleaded with him to end abortion. Through the sovereignty of God, that same pastor was actually able to meet President Obama in person at a memorial service after the tornados destroyed Joplin. As the band on stage played “America the Beautiful,” the pastor shook the President’s hand and told him he must remember the unborn. As we sang the song, I wept remembering the pastor’s warning to President Obama.
The night ended with Darrian releasing a call for African-Americans to come forward who desired to take a stand against abortion. He also called for people of other races who were burning to carry the burdens of their black brothers and sisters in prayer. People rushed forward, and the front of the room was full of faces weeping and hands lifted high in surrender. As I walked through the crowd, I laid my hands on people and prayed that God would raise them up as voices of truth in our land. It was a powerful night of prayer that I know shifted something in our nation. I am grateful that our prayers were heard, yet I know we cannot afford to stop praying. We must continue to lift our voices for unity, holiness, revival, and the shedding of innocent blood to cease in our land. We must pray for President Obama and his family. Let’s ask God to give them compassion for the unborn. It is the 11th hour, and we’re in a battle for the soul of America. I pray for thousands of men and women, young and old, of every single race, who would consider our present crisis and fast and pray for God to save America.