On October 4th, the Justice House of Prayer DC and Bound4LIFE mark 10 years of ministry—partnering with the heart of God and fighting for the rights of the unborn.
Lou Engle, Founder of TheCall, played a critical role in establishing Bound4LIFE and the Justice House of Prayer DC in 2004. As a part of commemorating this 10-year anniversary, he offers a look back in this exclusive two-part interview.
Bound4LIFE: What led you to first advocate for defending LIFE publicly?
Lou Engle: I was reading a book by William Wilberforce, the elementary leader whom God used to abolish the slave trade in England. As I was reading, the Lord spoke to me: You’re going to raise up a prayer movement for the ending of abortion in America. From that point, I set my face to be an intercessor and public advocate for the unborn.
Bound4LIFE: How has speaking up against the injustice of abortion been a part of TheCall?
Lou Engle: God raised up TheCall first to prepare a global platform for massive intercession, global awareness for the unborn and pregnant mothers, and to cry out to God for justice. TheCall from the beginning was a Joel 2 repentance, prayer and fasting movement to call America back to God; all across the globe, young people filled these stadium events.
The bloodshed of abortion in America must be covered by the atoning blood of Jesus Christ. TheCall is a platform for that repentance – for the application of the blood of Christ to the doorpost of our national guilt.
Bound4LIFE: Tell us about the early days of establishing the Justice House of Prayer in DC.
Lou Engle: It actually began in Colorado Springs, with 50 days and 50 nights of prayer for the ending of abortion. A young man named Brian Kim did a Daniel fast for this same purpose. He was given a dream of thousands coming to DC—in it, he saw young people wearing tape over their mouths with the word “LIFE” written on it.
From Colorado, we traveled with 70 young people to Washington, D.C. to pray for the election of a pro-life president. Without planning it, we walked right into a protest and media frenzy. It was the first day of the new Supreme Court term. Rather than joining in the commotion, the team sought the Lord for what we should do. In a moment of clarity, I said, “Let’s just do the dream.” As this pro-abortion group screamed and yelled, we stood silently next to them at the Supreme Court with red Life Tape on our mouths. The media blasted the image all over.
Just one block from the Supreme Court, we found a small space for lease—the floor plan was in the shape of an arrowhead which was pointed directly at the Supreme Court building. We knew God led us to the first home of the Justice House of Prayer DC. Seventy young people began to pray there continuously, that God would raise up pro-life judges. This was the beginning of Bound4LIFE.
Bound4LIFE: As you speak in churches across America, do you see a shift over the past decade in attitudes towards protecting pre-born children?
Lou Engle: Several years ago we held a Silent Siege that went for nearly four months, day and night in front of the Supreme Court. One year later, polls came out showing a massive shift in public opinion on the issue of abortion—and all the polls showed that the shift took place in that same four-month period. Incredible!
Even the courts in these past few years are ruling in favor of defending life. Among churches I’ve seen a strong emphasis on adopting children from America’s foster care system as well as from other nations. This is great news!
In Part 2 coming next week, Lou talks about where he sees the prayer movement going, his role as a father of seven children, and more. Editor’s note: This interview was edited for clarity.