How God Uses 24/7 Prayer to Transform Cities, States & Nations

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How God Uses 24/7 Prayer to Transform Cities, States & Nations

I was a 17-year-old student in Bible College when I read a story that would forever change my life. It was the account of the Moravian prayer movement that began in Herrnhut, Germany in 1727. That year, a few believers covenanted to start a 24/7 prayer chain with at least two people praying every hour. Little did they know that their prayer watch would last over 100 years. By 1791, the Moravians had prayed non-stop for 65 years and sent over 300 missionaries around the world.

Ever since I read the Moravian story for that very first time, I’ve had a burning passion to see every church become a house of prayer and every nation of the world covered in 24/7 prayer. Fast forward to January 1, 2017—a few pastor friends and I launched New Mexico Prays, a movement covering our state in 24/7 prayer.  Today, there are 97 churches in 27 cities across New Mexico that have adopted a monthly day of prayer. They cover 12 or 24 hours in prayer with people praying in 30-60-minute segments.

Adopting a monthly day of prayer is not the end game, but it is a simple way for churches to make prayer part of their monthly rhythm and develop a culture of prayer. “God has used New Mexico Prays to not only bring the body of Christ together throughout our state in focused prayer, but also our congregation at New Beginnings Church,” said Richard Mansfield, the Senior Pastor of New Beginnings Church in Albuquerque.

Unceasing prayer is happening in homes, places of work, college dorms, coffee shops, parks, and churches. Through united prayer, we are witnessing Jesus transform our economy and confront the abortion crisis. The hungry are being fed and the poor are being served. We took Jeremiah 29:7 to heart and began praying for the peace and prosperity of our state: Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” God made it clear that prayer plays a vital role in the safety and prosperity of your community.

New Mexico was ranked 50th in the family prosperity index, 49th in economy, and has the 2nd highest poverty rate in the nation. But when God’s people pray, God hears from heaven and things begin to change. A state that was facing an expected $200 million deficit now has a $1.2 billion surplus. According to a Bloomberg news report, since the beginning of 2017, New Mexico is #1 in job increases and wage increases. To be clear, new economic policies, a thriving oil and gas industry, and the hard work of many have made this possible. However, it is too drastic of a turnaround to be explained by natural solutions alone.

Another area where we have seen answers to prayer in New Mexico is on the abortion issue. Albuquerque, the largest city in our state, has been known as the ‘late-term abortion capital of America.’ Since churches began praying 24/7 for an end to late-term abortion in New Mexico, three abortion clinics have closed. Furthermore, for over two decades, the University of New Mexico Health and Sciences Department conducted research on aborted baby parts. In a remarkable turn of events, UNM has now ended the controversial program.

Church unity is one of our main prayer focuses, in accordance with Jesus’ prayer in John 17:21, “That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” A unified church is the most credible witness to the world that Jesus is Lord. We have been asking God to unite the church of New Mexico across denominational lines and ethnic backgrounds. And Jesus has begun to answer that prayer.

Southern Baptist, Reformed, Presbyterian, Calvary Chapel, Pentecostal, Charismatic, Catholic, Messianic Jews, and non-denominational churches have come together in prayer to see God transform our state. We have laid aside our theological differences to exalt the name of Jesus Christ. We believe that only a united church can heal a divided nation. “I have been in Albuquerque for 38 years and I’ve never seen pastors come together for anything like this. It is changing the climate,” says New Mexico Ministry Network Pastor Micheal Dickenson.

It is our conviction that a praying church is also a compassionate church that serves the poor and neglected. Acts 1:14 reveals that the Early Church was devoted to prayer: “These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer.” Their lifestyle of prayer gave birth to generosity and compassion, as seen in Acts 2:44-45: “All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.” Both then and now, when God’s people pray, He gives us His heart for the poor.

New Mexico Prays churches are uniting to serve our communities and love them like they have never been loved before. On June 23, 2018, over 100 churches, non-profits, businesses, and government agencies partnered together to sponsor a Convoy of Hope outreach at the Albuquerque Convention Center. We gave away over $1 million worth of goods and services—including 80,000 pounds of groceries, 10,000 meals, 1,600 gardens in a bag, and 3,000 pairs of shoes. Now, we are partnering with Albuquerque Public Schools to feed over 2,000 needy and homeless children and their families this Thanksgiving. As in the days of the Moravians, prayer is moving us to mission and service.

On October 7, 2017, we launched America Prays to unite and equip 40,000 churches in prayer for a national spiritual awakening. This is a Jesus-centered, local-church based prayer movement that God is using to transform communities. Imagine what will happen when every city, county, and state in America is covered in worship-saturated prayer!

Are you encouraged by what is happening in New Mexico? I believe that Jesus can do even greater things in your city and your state as believers and churches heed the Scriptural command to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). You can join the movement today and cover your community in 24/7 prayer at AmericaPrays.org.

Edwin Orr made this powerful observation, “No great spiritual awakening has begun anywhere in the world apart from united prayer.” It is my deeply held belief that a new Moravian 24/7 prayer movement will propel America into the greatest spiritual awakening and harvest of souls in our nation’s history. We can only win this battle for the soul of our nation on our knees.

Brian Alarid is the President of America Prays and World Prays. He is the Founding Pastor of Passion Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico and has 25 years of experience in pastoral ministry and executive leadership. Brian has a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Regent University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Theology. Brian has been married to Dr. Mercy Alarid for 21 years, and they reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico with their three children. You can write him at brian@americaprays.org or follow him on twitter: @BrianAlarid

 

 

Whatcom County Story

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For the past 10 years, pastors and churches have been praying 24/7 in Whatbcom County, Washington. Under Dr. Jason Hubbard’s leadership, over 40 churches have adopted a day of prayer every month. Watch this video of the transformation in this county that came through united, strategic prayer. This is one of the 24/7 prayer models that inspired America Prays.

Jason Hubbard is the Founder and Executive Director of the Light of the World Prayer Center in Bellingham, Washington. He has many years of pastoral experience and a Doctorate degree in Ministry from Talbot Seminary. Jason and his wife Kristie live in Bellingham. They have three children and two grandchildren.

 

Unceasing Prayer Austin TX

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Trey Kent is the Senior Pastor of Northwest Fellowship in Austin, TX and the President and Founder of the Unceasing Prayer movement in Austin. For the past 10 years, churches in the Austin metro area have been covering their city in 24/7 prayer as each church adopts a monthly day of prayer. Trey is the Senior Vice President of America Prays and is helping churches all over America cover their communities in unceasing prayer.

http://austinprays.org/

DFW Prays

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DFW Prays is a movement of churches covering the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in 24/7 prayer. I want to invite your church or ministry to adopt a monthly day of prayer or a half day of prayer and partner with us to cover DFW in unceasing prayer.
  • We are in the process of finalizing  the 10 zone churches and pastors/coordinators. We have a few more to add and as soon as that is in place I will let you know who each of the zone leaders/coordinators are.
  • We have kicked off our weekly Thursday morning prayer call, every Thursday morning from 7:00 – 7:30 a.m. The call – in number is (605)472-5500, Access code: 162529#
  • We are looking tentatively at the month of August to do our next DFW Prays fellowship and luncheon for everyone involved with DFW Prays. As soon as I have the specific date, I will let you know. 
  • If you know of any churches or prayer ministries that would like to  partner with DFW Prays by taking a time slot, please let me know or let them know how to register from our website — www.dfwprays.org
Again, thanks you so much for helping to build a canopy of united, strategic, sustainable prayer in the DFW Metroplex that will birth revival and spiritual awakening in the Metroplex.
Blessings,
Lewis Hogan
United Cry – Founder/Director
DFW Prays – Founder/Chairman

Washington Prays

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Jason Hubbard is the Founder and Executive Director of the Light of the World Prayer Center in Bellingham, Washington. Jason is also the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at America Prays.

Washington Prays is a movement of churches covering the state of Washington in 24/7 prayer. We want to invite your church to adopt a monthly day of prayer and partner with us to cover our state in unceasing prayer. We already have over 120 churches that are covering their communities in 24/7 prayer. Join the movement today.

washingtonprays.org

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