Prayer participation in U.S. sets new records in 2016 with gatherings that unite Christians from multiple streams of faith. United Cry DC16 hosts pastors, priests, Christian leaders and believers to pray as one for America on at the Lincoln Memorial.
ARLINGTON, Tex., March 31, 2016 | Christian News Service | --The majority of Americans (58%) say they pray at least once a day, and 82% believe in the healing power of prayer, according to the Pew Research Center Study and Barna Research Group. Movies featuring prayer such as “The War Room” and “Miracles from Heaven” are succeeding. But prayer in America is changing locations from the private “prayer room” to group prayer. In 2016, there are a record number of national events including the National Day of Prayer, World Day of Prayer, United Cry DC16, Azusa Street Revival, Rez Week, The Response, and dozens more.
“There are more large prayer gatherings in 2016 than I’ve seen in 26 years of ministry,” says David Butts, President of Harvest Prayer Ministries and Chairman of America’s National Prayer Committee. “I’ve seen waves of prayer before but in addition to filling stadiums, this year there is exceptional collaboration among diverse streams of faith.”
On April 9 at the Lincoln Memorial, United Cry DC16 is gathering pastors and Christian leaders from diverse backgrounds to pray for America. “People know that America is in crisis and prayer should be our first response,” states Lewis Hogan, Cofounder United Cry DC16. “We are honored by the incredible support from thousands of pastors and national leaders who are coming to United Cry to pray for our nation.”
Participation in prayer events is growing. “In 2016 we are anticipating the largest National Day of Prayer in US history with more than 49,000 prayer gatherings,” says John Bornschein, Vice Chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. “Over the last five years we charted a 226% increase in engagement, which is the largest growth in 25 years.”
Technology is helping build the movement. In January 2016, the Pope released the first monthly prayer video. Campus Renewal is connecting 80 college campuses via satellite for united prayer, worship, and outreach during their national “Rez Week.”
United Cry DC16 on April 9 will be a seven-hour prayer event that will challenge pastors and leaders to be the spiritual prayer leaders in their communities. The prayer focus of the event includes critical areas of national division and building bridges of hope. United Cry DC16 has launched a Prayer Proclamation asking believers to agree to pray for America
Bishop Harry Jackson, Senior Pastor of Hope Christian Church is encouraging pastors to participate. “I am coming to United Cry16 because our nation is in this critical place,” Jackson said. “At the same time that I am concerned for America, there is the sound of a spiritual drum beating in the distance. It’s the sound of repentance, humility, and revival. Jesus is standing at our door, asking us to let Him in.”
One of the fastest growing trends over the last decade has been the evolution of “Houses of Prayer,” which includes continual live worship and prayer. According to spokespersons from Kansas City's International House of Prayer, or IHOP, in ten years the number of 24/7 Houses of Prayer has grown from 24 to over 10,000 worldwide.
For more information visit UnitedCry.org. To sign the United Cry Prayer Proclamation, please vist: Lincoln Prayer Proclamation for United Cry 2016 - United Cry.
All Christian pastors, priests, christian leaders, and believers are invited to join national Christian leaders to lift a United Cry together at this historic, multi-ethnic, multi-generational, gathering on April 9, 2016 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The event is free but registration required. Register now at UnitedCry.org.
Diverse leaders adding their voices include Ronny Floyd, Jim Garlow, Anne Graham Lotz, Harry Jackson, Tony Perkins, George Wood, Jonathan Cahn, Kenneth Copeland, Sammy Rodriguez, Dick Eastman, Michael Brown, Dave Butts, Larry Tomzcak, Paul Cole, E.W. Jackson, Doug Stringer, Mike Evans, Lawrence White, Kaye Horner, James Bradford, Jerry Machain, Will Ford, Bobby Schuller, Dan Fischer, Rick Curry, Bob Rodgers, Matt Lockett, Randy Forbes, Dan Cummins and others. Worship will be led by Rita Stringer of Gateway, the Jones Family and Jacobo Ramos. The 7-hour prayer gathering will ask God for forgiveness, spiritual awakening, and declare the United States is “One Nation, Under God.”
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