“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” 1 John 5:14
And this is why we pray! Because we know He hears us and if He hears us, He answers!
illuminate church believes so strongly in the power of prayer that we have now joined forces with “America Prays” - a movement of churches covering America with 24/7 prayer. This is a multi-ethnic, interdenominational, Jesus-centered prayer movement. “America Prays” is part of the “World Prays” global prayer network, and “illuminate Prays” is now part of that, as well.
In January 2009, churches in Texas and Washington began covering their communities in 24/7 prayer. Their model was simple—each church adopted one day a month to pray for 12 hours. Believers are encouraged to pray in 15, 30 or 60 minute segments from home, school or work.
In 2017, “Albuquerque Prays” adopted this model. The statistics of the change that took place in that city is staggering. In two years, it went from being 50th in the nation to Number 1 in the nation, in job growth! New Mexico went from a $200 Million Dollar deficit to a 1.5 Billion Dollar surplus! Crime diminished greatly; robberies were reduced by 37%, car thefts by 31% and murder by 10%. All other crimes were reduced by 10% across the board.
New Mexico was known as the “late term abortion capital” of the country, having women from all over travel there just for that purpose. Within several months of prayer, 3 abortion clinics closed permanently! The University of NM had a science and health department that studied body parts from aborted babies – that department was terminated!
The state was going to rescind the “Conscience Law” that allows medical professionals to opt out of abortion related procedures. For example; if nurses refused to participate in an abortion, they could be fired. Because the state is 80% Catholic, those opposed to rescinding this law, asked a Cardinal to attend the legislative session, not to speak but just to show up in his Majestic Robe. His presence and the foundation of prayer that was already laid, was so overwhelming and convicting, that it caused 8 liberal legislators to change their vote! The “Conscience Law” is still in effect.
This is the Power Of Prayer!!
I am so excited to announce that on Tuesday, July 9th illuminate church will launch its first 12 hour prayer, beginning 8:00am to 8:00pm, and it will be ongoing every month. We have committed to pray every second Tuesday of the month. We will pray for our country, our community, our church and our wonderful leaders.
Nothing changes but by Prayer!
Patty Berardesco | Prayer Director
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