Prayer, Cities and Prayer Summits

What would it take to see a move of God initiated and sustained in a geographic area?” This is the question posed by Dr. Joe Aldrich who initiated the Prayer Summit movement. After meeting Joe and others I was trained by them to carry on this ministry, particularly in South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand and have now been facilitating prayer summits over the last 20 years. What a great privilege it has been to have seen leaders from different traditions and denominations within the Body of Christ come together. In these times God has melted hearts, reconciled, and directed leaders as they commit to a worshipful, prayerful environment seeking God. Most often it is pastors who attend these summits but over recent years there has been a growing trend for other key ministry people and market place leaders to attend also. This has allowed for a better representation of leaders in the Body of Christ in one locality to pray together. Hence the term ‘leaders prayer summits’.

The key component to these summits is setting our hearts to worship Jesus – with sensitivity to the various worship traditions represented. As leaders stay focused on Jesus, humbly seeking His face, not His hand, (which means leaving aside our prayer requests for the meantime) there comes a greater awareness of God and a greater sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Times of worship can then lead to times of meditating on the Word of God together, often on those scriptures that highlight the greatness of God, who He is and what He has done for us. It may lead to praying for one another or praying for the city or some alone time. All as seems right at the time. As the summit progresses there comes a greater clarity as to the reality of where things are really at and how leaders might better go forward together as they seek to continue in unity and serve their communities.

In the last short while I have facilitated two of these summits as well as having been involved with other prayer gatherings. it is very encouraging to see the number of places where Christians are gathering regularly to worship and pray for their city or town. This coming together to pray and seek God in worship and prayer is a vital component to the wellbeing of the places where God has located us. We need to remember that only God can bring the changes we desire for our cities and towns.

How have you been impacted by prayer summits? I’d encourage you to include your thoughts in the comments so that others can be encouraged by your experiences.

Until next time, God bless.

Colin.

3 thoughts on “Prayer, Cities and Prayer Summits

  1. Our Ministers Network in Manukau were tremendously blessed during our recent prayer summit. One of the ways to get to know the other person well and what’s on his/her heart is by listening to their prayers. Prayer summit is a great way to knit pastors hearts together as we seek to reach our cities together. Thank you Colin for your leadership. You are called and anointed for this ministry!

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  2. We from Te Puke had a wonderful time on Thursday at the Prayer Summit in Taupo. It was such a privilege to be among so many men and women of God who have a heart for their cities and actively doing something about that. The corporate worship was awesome and the prayer and prophecy that we received for our town was so encouraging. God bless you all Ephesians 3:20

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  3. Good stuff Colin. It would seem to me sustaining this is also a big challenge to us…. We start but grow weary. I think one thing could help us would be to look back and remind ourselves of what God has done as a result of touching Him together. God moves when we pray for sure. But as U said, touching Him together just for who He is must be no 1.

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