For those who haven’t heard, we have a very unique event happening this weekend right here in Two Harbors. It’s called “Awaken the Dawn."

Starting Thursday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. at Lakeview Park, and running through Saturday, Oct. 19, until 8 p.m., Christians from every denomination have been invited just to gather and show love to our community through prayer and children programs and to offer free meals to anyone as worship is happening around the clock in a tent put up in Lakeview Park.

One of the things that is so exciting about this is that it is part of something that is happening across our country, in every state at exactly the same time. Here is a little history for those who are curious about this, from awakenthedawn.org/our-story:

"During the Feast of Tabernacles (A Jewish religious celebration) in 2017, we had 'Awaken the Dawn' on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It was nothing short of amazing! On the weekend of Oct. 6-9, close to 50,000 people and 1,600 worship teams from all 50 states offered up 2850 combined hours of worship and prayer in 58 tents around the clock for three days on our National Mall!

Throughout that weekend, nearly 4 million people across the globe participated and heard the gospel live on Facebook! There was a shift in our nation’s capitol, prayer movements were birthed, prayers were answered, people were healed, hundreds were saved – and thousands of lives were impacted and forever changed. But the event in Washington was never meant to be the endgame, but a staging ground and beginning of a new Jesus movement in this generation!

Then on the heels of 'Awaken the Dawn 2017,' 'Tent America 2018' was launched. During Sept. 27-29, 2018, once again coinciding with the Feast of Tabernacles, ground-teams from across the nation hosted ‘tent city’ gatherings of worship, music, prayer and gospel proclamation – simultaneously in all 50 state capital cities, including Washington, D.C and Puerto Rico and on 101 college and university campuses! For 50 consecutive hours, day and night, public outdoor worship flooded our nation as the proclamation of the Gospel went forth! This year they are expanding to having tent events throughout USA campuses and cities both large and small."

Now, one might wonder, why all the fuss? Throughout scripture, God has chosen to reveal himself in the place of worship and prayer. From the tabernacle of David, to the temple in Jerusalem, to the room-shaking prayer meetings surrounding the day of Pentecost, God’s personal presence has always been central to his purposes in the earth.

Furthermore, the records of revival history also attest to the truth of this biblical principle. Nearly every great move of God can be traced back to a people that made the power of prayer and worship central in their lives. This principle of the centrality of God’s presence has withstood the test of time and is still seen to be true in our day.

So, with all this in mind, let me invite you to check this out for yourselves. I know we all have needs right now, be they practical needs or health needs or emotional needs or spiritual needs.

And I know we all have experienced pain and are carrying hurts, whether we are talking about broken hearts from a bad relationships, or the pain of having your hopes and dreams smashed, or the pain of watching a loved ones suffering because of health problems or their caught up in some kind of destructive addiction.

If that’s you, you will find people willing to show you compassion and pray for you any time, night or day, starting at 6 p.m. Oct. 17 through 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at Lakeview Park.

Gerry Cheney is pastor of Bay Area Vineyard and director of our Begin Again Recovery groups.