Durham is not the only place where God is raising up more prayer from His people. Prayer is going up all across the nation. Read this report to see what God did recently in Cleveland. For more information about similar gatherings around the country visit The Response: USA.
Today’s prayer walk was unusually poignant as we gathered at the site of the murder of a fellow minister, Pastor Jamie Daniels. View the video report. Please join us in praying for the end of violence in Durham.
The 2016 observance of the National Day of Prayer was held Thursday, May 5, 12:00 noon to 12:50 PM downtown at The Durham Convention Center. Originally scheduled to be outdoors on the plaza the crowd moved inside when it began to rain, filling one of the convention center meeting rooms and overflowing out into the hallway. Segments of prayer were initiated by ministers and community members with everyone gathering in small groups to pray together. The presence of God was powerful.
DMIP will host this event again the first Thursday in May in 2017. Please put it on your calendar now and plan to participate!
A group of over a hundred people gathered and prayed through downtown Durham. DMIP representatives participated along with people from many churches and organizations. We want to thank our friends at One Love Ministries for organizing this prayer walk. May God bless Durham.
Themed “If My People,” this celebration got 2016 started off right! With hundreds of people from more than 35 congregations coming together from different denominations and cultures, we were blessed to stand as a united community under the common cause of seeing Durham transformed by the power of Jesus Christ. You can visit us on Facebook to learn more. We’d love to have you join us any Tuesday morning for prayer or at one of our future events. For more information call 919-471-0220.
One of DMIP’s goals is to help promote, endorse, and sponsor more corporate prayer gatherings in our city. If your church or organization is involved in gathering people for prayer and you want to let more people know about it, we’ll be happy to help. Please contact us to get the word out.
Prayer has not always had a central place in my life, even in my life as a pastor. In fact it was Durham Ministers in Prayer that finally led me to a personal showdown over my actual practice of prayer, as opposed to merely talking about how ‘prayer really matters blah blah blah.’ Through DMIP I was exposed to Jim Cymbala’s teaching on ‘The House of the Lord’. Since that day, I have been practicing prayer and learning to pray. It’s still a goal to be reached but I no longer see myself as one who talks about prayer while rarely praying.
Honestly, I believe I was not alone. I think more pastors talk about praying than pray. And I believe that many pastors demonstrate by their actions their real belief: common prayer is not going to change things, so I choose to do other things that are more meaningful or more significant.
Durham Ministers in Prayer meets at 922 Ninth St which happens to house the church family of which I am pastor–Dayspring Fellowship. I believe that Tuesday morning meeting is the most strategic kingdom of God use of our facility, even more strategic than our own worship service. Why? Because Jesus wants His church to be one; and there is no better way to be one than to stand before God together, not as Baptists or Charismatics or Methodists or Pentecostals or Presbyterians or whatever else–but simply as those who love and follow Jesus as our Savior and Lord.
“THEY WILL KNOW YOU ARE MY DISCIPLES BECAUSE OF YOUR LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER.” That love has to be visible and it has to have a shape. Because of DMIP, we have developed a deep love for brothers across racial, ethnic and denominational lines. No one can come to DMIP for more than a week or two before it becomes very clear: these people, some pastors, some lay leaders, some parachurch leaders–these people love one another. How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity!!!!!
Without prayer, nothing happens. With prayer, anything can happen. If you really care about the Gospel, the city of Durham, and demonstrating unity in the body of Christ, you are already a member of DMIP. You just haven’t attended your first meeting yet.
See you there. Any Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. ~ Mac Bare