About 200 people gathered around the beleaguered Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol on Friday to pray for an outpouring of the Lord’s love and healing in Oklahoma.
They sang hymns and at one point chanted “Jesus!” several times. The prayer session ended with many in the crowd laying hands on the monument and praying.
“This ought to be a shock wave in the supernatural,” the Rev. Rob Wyatt, pastor of The Paseo Apostolic Church, told the crowd. “Something’s getting ready to happen.”
The prayer gathering was held as part of the North American Youth Congress meeting, which drew an estimated crowd of 24,000 youths, their parents and adult advisers to the Chesapeake Energy Arena and Cox Convention Center Wednesday through Friday.
Wyatt said the prayer event on the north steps of the Capitol near the Ten Commandments monument was not meant as a political statement or protest but rather an opportunity to encourage young people to exercise the power of prayer.
“We’re not here to get in the face of any politician,” he said. “It seems like our whole country is kicking God out. We just want to declare that God is the center of our lives.”
Wyatt said the youth gathering is held every two years in what the organizers consider a midsize city. He said the median age of attendees at the event, hosted by the general youth division of the United Pentecostal Church International, was 19.