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Prayer Peaks Day

Celebrate Prayer Peaks on July 1, 2006  

By Derek Fullerton

While finishing up my seminary education in Portland, Ore., I was fasting and praying for a vision from the Lord. I needed something to pursue passionately for God's glory after graduation. Would the Lord send me to Nepal, Africa, or some other exotic place unknown to me? Or would He send me back into the working world of the United States? I was available to go wherever He would send me — as long as He made it clear.

While reading the Old Testament book of Nehemiah, I came across Nehemiah's words recorded after he received a clear vision from the Lord: “I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem” (Nehemiah 2:12). When I read that verse I instantly had a vision of what my God “had put in my heart to do for [the United States]” that I love so much. I had a vision of masses of Christians praying from mountaintops (specifically the Colorado “Fourteeners”) for the Christian Church in the United States.

Before attending seminary in Oregon, I lived in Colorado and had a driving passion for climbing the Fourteeners. Now I would combine my love for serving the Lord with my love for the highest mountains of Colorado.

The vision was so clear that I sensed at least for the next several years I would be pursuing ministry in Colorado while running with this annual national day of prayer from the Colorado Fourteeners. I considered it a small (but significant) tool to be used in seeing revival in Jesus' Church in America that would transform our sick society. I believe we can't pray enough outside of our church buildings for our hurting, sin-loving country.

July 4, 1998 was the inaugural Prayer Peaks Day. Each year since (always the Saturday before the Fourth of July) there have been peaks climbed with prayer warriors asking God for revival in our country. Saturday, July 1 will be the ninth annual Prayer Peaks Day.

Originally the goal was to have the 54 Fourteeners of Colorado prayed from by brothers and sisters in Christ on a common day. However, e-mails came in from places like Africa, Denmark, Alaska, and many other states with people wanting to participate. So, even though the focus has been on the Colorado Fourteeners, many other peaks from outside Colorado have had individuals and prayer teams lifting up our nation on this day.

This year, there are groups confirmed to climb and pray in Arkansas, New York, and Washington, as well as Colorado.

If you have a heart to see revival come to our country (like many other countries are experiencing throughout the world), then go solo or get a team together and claim a peak from which to pray. It's awesome to be on a mountaintop looking over a tiny piece of God's creation and to know that your brothers and sisters in Christ are joining you for the same purpose on other peaks all around the nation and world.

Pastor Derek is a member of Climbing For Christ's Board of Directors. For more information on Prayer Peaks Day, visits www.prayerpeaks.org or call (719) 360-6819.

Grays Peak

ABOVE: A group from South Suburban Christian Church in Littleton, Colo., celebrates Prayer Peaks Day 2004 on the summit of 14,270-foot Grays Peak. “This was an eventful day,” said group leader and Climbing For Christ Front Range Chapter coordinator Jim Doenges. “In addition to lots of prayer, it was an intergenerational group — from 12 years old to a man celebrating his 61st birthday. One non-believer, who was invited by his girlfriend at the time, admitted on the top of Grays, when blown away by the amazing 360-degree view of Colorado peaks, that 'there just had to be a God' — ala Romans 1! Some time after PPD, that man accepted Christ, married his girlfriend, and joined SSCC! Praise God.” BELOW: The views are not limited to summits, as wildflowers are in bloom along the higher ground. This shot was taken during the 2004 Prayer Peaks Day. (Photos by Jim Doenges)

Wildflowers

The Word

“...if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
— 2 Chronicles 7:14

 

Events

Adirondack Mountains Chapter (New York): Climb of Wakely Mountain near Indian Lake in the Moose River Plains. The summit boasts of the highest firetower in the Adirondacks! We will all be a little closer to heaven on this climb for sure! Meet at the trailhead at 2 p.m. to start the hike.

Directions: From the center of Indian Lake, head north. Where Route 30 takes a sharp right turn at the cemetery, turn left onto Cedar River Plains Road. Follow this road around all its curves and watch for signs.

You must contact chapter coordinator Cheryl Esper by phone (518-624-6675) or e-mail (esperfamily@gmail.com) if you intend to participate.

 

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