TheCall DC 2000
Venue: The Capitol Mall, Washington DC
Date: September 2, 2000
Attendees: Approximately 4oo,000
The purpose of TheCall DC was to pray for the government, upcoming elections, and for a youth movement to arise as a sign that America was turning back to God.
In 1995, a ministry called Rock the Nations was in transition. Lou Engle was seeking God’s mandate for the ministry with his friends Gary Black and Rusty Carlson. One night he had a dream. In the dream, Rusty and Gary were with a young boy named Joel. The boy was expecting Lou to give him an important letter, but he had lost it. He began to frantically search for Joel’s letter. As Lou woke up from the dream, the Holy Spirit spoke to his heart, “Don’t lose Joel’s letter!” Lou instantly knew what the dream meant. “Joel’s letter” referred to the book of Joel and its mandate to gather for fasting and prayer. Out of that, Rock the Nations had a vision of stadiums being filled with the youth of America fasting and praying before the year 2001. Three Prayer Storm gatherings with thousands of young people had already taken place, but soon TheCall DC would be the beginning of that dream’s fulfillment.
On October 4, 1997, Promise Keepers gathered one million men on the Mall in Washington, DC. They humbled themselves, prayed, sought the Lord’s face, and repented before Him. Soon afterwards, when speaking to about 600 students at a Rock the Nations event, Lou prophesied, “The hearts of the fathers turned to the children, but now the hearts of the children will turn to the fathers.” He proclaimed that a corresponding youth movement would gather on the Capitol Mall as a counterpart to Promise Keepers, and this would be a sign that America is turning back to God.
Roughly a year later, a woman who had never heard about Lou’s vision, approached him and asked, “Have you ever thought of calling the youth of America to the Capitol Mall in Washington, DC, to pray?” Surprised, Lou responded, “One and a half years ago, I declared prophetically that the Lord was calling for that very thing!” “Well,” she replied, “I have $100,000 to sow as seed into this event.” This started a supernatural series of events that eventually led to TheCall DC.
About a year before the first TheCall DC, Lou was consumed with an outrageous prayer burning in his heart, “How can I turn America back to God?” Soon afterwards he had a dream. In the dream he felt overwhelmed by the impossibility of seeing America turn back to God. Then he saw the scripture Luke 1:17 open right before his eyes. “And he will go on before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elijah to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous.” Instantly, he awoke, and God’s still small voice thundered in his soul, “What I am pouring out is stronger than the rebellion in America!” The anointing on John the Baptist’s life had the power to turn the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous. What the Scribes and Pharisees had failed to do, the spirit and power of Elijah would accomplish.
A few months later Luke 1:17 was again on his heart. While in Washington, DC, Lou just happened to be renting a condominium at 117 Second Street. The condo was only a block from the Capitol building where the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, was being read over a loudspeaker day and night preceding the upcoming National Day of Prayer. People signed up for time slots and had Scripture passages randomly assigned to them. He signed up for the 2:00 A.M. slot. That morning, as he walked over to the Capitol Building to read, he began to pray, “God, please let me read Luke 1, so I can prophesy the coming of the John the Baptist calling, and the Nazirites who are soon to gather for TheCall DC.” As he got close to the back steps of the Capitol building, he could hardly contain himself. Over the loud speaker the last few verses in the book of Mark were being read. As he stepped up, he was assigned Luke 1 to read! Overlooking the DC Mall, he wept as he read the promise of an anointing that could turn a nation back to God.
While fasting during the first forty days of 2000, on February 9 Lou was praying with some friends when one of them said, “Lou, we are praying Psalms 2:8-12 for every day of this week!” (February 8 (2/8) thru February 12 (2/12) Lou’s faith was ignited as he realized how the Lord was directing them. That day’s focus was Psalms 2:9, “Ask of me and I will make the nations your inheritance and the ends of the earth your possession. You will rule them with an iron scepter; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”
On the evening of 2/10, Lou felt led to go into Crown Bookstore, sensing that he was to get a book concerning the matters of his heart. His friend ended up purchasing for him a book by William J. Murray entitled Let Us Pray: A Plea for Prayer in Our Schools. Murray wrote about the court case of 1963 in which the Supreme Court struck down prayer in the public schools. This resulted in a wall between religion and the state that our forefathers never intended. Lou was grateful for the book, and he sensed the Lord’s presence as he prayed, “It’s February 10th (2/10) and Psalms 2:10 says, ‘Therefore you kings, be wise, be warned you judges of the earth.’”
The following morning, February 11th (2/11), Lou was awakened abruptly at 2:11 a.m. As he read Murray’s book, he was stunned by one paragraph: “The church must pray for and decree to the Supreme Court and the government of America the rule of God, ‘Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling’ (Ps. 2:11). In prayer, we are to command the kings and judges to govern and make decisions in the fear of God and His laws. Scripturally speaking, it is our duty and privilege to do so (Ps. 149:5-9 and 1 Tim. 2:1-8). However, this was more than a scriptural injunction. The church must arise right now in an extended season of prayer and fasting for the prevailing influence for good government.” Lou sensed this was a moment of now or never. Out of this and other strong prophetic confirmations, Lou set the direction of TheCall DC to pray for the government, the Supreme Court, and the upcoming elections. There was a strong sense that their prayers would determine the outcome of the presidential election and future Supreme Court nominations.
Two months after TheCall DC took place in September the November elections took place. After the results in the Bush/Gore election fell into dispute based on the ballot counts in Florida, the Supreme Court stepped in and resolved the issue. Bush, a strong pro-life leader, was elected President.