At a pastor’s prayer luncheon in Austin, Texas, pastors gathered in unity across the body of Christ to celebrate 11 years of Unceasing Prayer! That means there are no gaps in the wall of prayer in Austin, Texas 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Intercessors are seeking God for their city, county, state and nation continually day after day, week after week, month after month and…now, 11 years in, there are currently 100+ churches involved. At the luncheon there were many new pastors who have decided that their churches need to be a part of what God is doing in their city through this unceasing prayer movement!
The powerful vision to see the Austin area covered in unceasing prayer began with one pastor and his wife prayerwalking their neighborhood. Trey Kent, and his wife, Mary Anne, pastor the Northwest Fellowship in Austin. As Trey says, “Unexpectedly, God dropped the idea in my heart – How easy would it be to see our city covered in unceasing prayer if one church adopted 1 day of prayer each month? That moment not only started this pursuit, but started a transformation within my heart related to prayer, renewed passion for God and a growing desire to see our city transformed!”
Trey and another pastor in Austin, Kie Bowman (Hyde Park Baptist Church), have now written a book together called City of Prayer! It is an inspiring and informative read that I highly recommend if you are interested in seeing your city transformed by the power of prayer!
The original vision shared with the greater Austin area churches, and which could easily be adopted in every city/region in our nation and around the world (as it has been in Whatcom County, Washington, Albuquerque and the entire state of New Mexico, and other cities and regions around the United States) is this:
How does this work? It’s the simplest of strategies based on the call to post watchmen on the walls (Isaiah 62:6-7). To commit to this Unceasing Prayer Initiative:
Once a year, the Austin area pastors come together for lunch to celebrate what God has done, is doing, and will do in response to a united, praying Church! They break bread together, worship together, pray with and for one another and their city, and then all are given an opportunity to sign their churches up for another year of unceasing prayer! Pastors who have not yet been a part of the Unceasing Prayer Movement are given information and encouraged to join the movement of prayer!
The Flexibility of the Unceasing Prayer Movement
Every church can decide how they want to utilize their 24 hours, which gives the opportunity to be flexible and to meet with God in ways that work best for each community of believers. Some churches sign up one or more intercessors per hour for the 24 hours, while others break it into 30 minute segments. Families, couples, small groups, Sunday School classes, etc. can take one or more hours. Smaller churches sometimes share with another smaller church at first to split the day, each taking 12 hours.
Some churches ask intercessors to come to the church building to pray, while others pray during their hour from their homes, offices, schools, etc.
Some churches have creative prayer stations set up and others simply utilize the prayer points I will post below to aid people in their petitions!
There are seven specific prayer points that the Austin prayer leaders ask each church to ask their people to cover during their time in prayer, and then whatever else the church wants to ask their people to pray about is up to them! I am adapting these to be generic for your church. Remember, these are just ways to begin! There are many ways to pray God’s kingdom will for your city, region, state and nation!
Perhaps the biggest benefit of being a part of this amazing movement of unceasing prayer that is sweeping across our nation and around the world is that by involving your congregation in a regular rhythm of prayer each month, you will be building a culture of prayer that will transform the lives of people and will help your church to become a house of prayer for all nations!
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