By: Chad Clarkson
For fifty days, from Easter to Pentecost (April 16-June 4), we want to pray together as leaders, pastors, church planters, and followers of Jesus who are committed to the same mission field: greater Houston. Our hope is to build unity in the city around prayer, to see the gospel penetrate lives, to see churches planted, and to see our city transformed.
After surveying church planting movements around the world, David Garrison notes that prayer has been fundamental to every church planting movement observed. He says prayer is not only a strategy for someone in reaching his or her target group, but that it’s also the vitality of prayer in one’s personal life that leads to its imitation in the life of new churches and leaders. (Garrison, David. Church Planting Movements. p.29)
In Cuba, every gospel saturation and church planting initiative I’ve witnessed is bathed in prayer. In fact, the 50 Days of Prayer is something I’ve watched our partners in Cuba implement in their country as they’ve mobilized hundreds of leaders and churches to pray for God’s mission in their country. Without a doubt, this has greatly impacted the movement of churches being planted across their country.
In Galatians Paul makes his address, "To the churches of Galatia” (1:2), as he greets the churches scattered throughout the region. While we have hundreds of churches scattered throughout the 10,000+ square miles of greater Houston, we want to pray together as one church scattered throughout the Houston region. Our hope is to lift up our voices in unity as leaders and churches in Houston as we pray.
Will you join us?
To follow along and pray with us, please connect with HCPN online via our website, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram for links to the daily devotional.
During the 50 Days of Prayer, we will send out a daily devotional followed by a prayer focus for each day. Feel free to use this in your own devotional life, with your family, with the leadership team at your church, or with your entire church community.