It has well been several months since City Harvest Church (CHC) embarked on Prayer 365, whereby individual cell groups and entire zones conduct morning and evening prayer meetings as well as overnight prayer meetings. Prayer is definitely nothing new to CHC but what is the driving reason behind this ratcheting up of the level of corporate prayer? City News gets in touch with Derek Dunn, Executive Pastor of CHC to find out more.
Q: Why is City Harvest Church doing Prayer 365? Is Prayer 365 inspired by and modeled after Yoido Full Gospel Church in Korea?
A: Dr Cho says that prayer is the key to revival. Coming from the pastor of the world’s largest church, that is wisdom to adhere to! Prayer has been an integral part of CHC from the beginning. The church started more than 20 years ago with members that were hungry for the presence of God and daily prayer meetings were an everyday part of church life. We have had weekly prayer meetings and overnight prayer meetings throughout the past years but this year, (Pastor) Kong felt the Lord reminded him that it takes 7 times more firepower to conquer new ground! As such, Prayer 365 was launched with the purpose of mobilizing the members to form a prayer chain every morning and every night as well as throughout the night.
Q: How will Prayer 365 evolve over the coming years? Will there eventually be multiple full fledged prayer meetings in our main auditorium?
A: As for now, we have committed to do Prayer 365 for one year first. Thereafter we will have to see how the Lord leads us, but one thing’s for sure, prayer will continue to be a part of the CHC DNA whether through Prayer 365 or another new prayer agenda.
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Q: What are some of the tangible results that (Pastor) Kong and the pastoral team are believing for as the church embarks on Prayer 365?
A: Well, I believe that as we pray, the members will have personal encounters with God, they will become more spiritual and will see breakthroughs in their own personal lives, as well as in their cell groups and the church.
As the church continues to grow and to prosper, it is imperative that we do not enter into the next 20 years lacking in prayer. So we want to continue to stand in faith as we transform CHC into a church that prays without ceasing!