In October 2011, a small group of pastors and ministry leaders met together at a local coffee shop to discuss the possibility of their area churches meeting together for prayer and worship. The upcoming gathering named The Call Detroit 11.11.11 had inspired them to cross denominational and cultural boundaries. (The Call Detroit was bringing together thousands of believers at Ford Field on 11/11/11 from across political, denominational, cultural, and generational boundaries. The purpose: to worship God and to intercede on behalf of Detroit, the state of Michigan, and our nation. That small group of pastors believed that God wanted to do something of this nature in southwest Michigan. By the time the first (unofficial) Prayer Push occurred just a few weeks later another church had joined them, making a total of five.
At the first Prayer Push, each church sponsored two hours of worship and intercession. Intercession was geared towards the Greater Kalamazoo region, with some attention given to the upcoming The Call Detroit event. From the very first song, the Holy Spirit’s presence could be tangibly felt. The atmosphere was electric with expectation! Each succeeding church built upon the spiritual ground gained by the preceding church. What an amazing day!
Just days before the event, the Lord had given one of the leaders a dream. That night before she went to bed, she had asked the Lord to show her in a dream what this whole Prayer Push represented. God responded. In her dream, a “man of God” entered a room laughing and asked her and her husband, “Do you know what just happened?” The woman replied, “What do you mean? What are you talking about?” He replied, “You just conceived!”
What we thought was one event, God had destined to be a movement.
The leader awoke from her dream and knew that God was saying that something transformational was transpiring through this initial Prayer Push. These uniting ministries were “conceiving” something in the Spirit. The leader shared this dream at the event. After the Prayer Push was over, the ministers involved believed this was just the beginning. Then, at The Call Detroit, conversation occurred about doing the Prayer Push as a 24 hour event with more churches. The event was renamed Greater Kalamazoo Prayer Push and was officially launched on Feb. 23-24, 2012 at the Greater Faith Empowerment Center. This time 17 churches/ministries participated. It was repeated on Oct. 22-23, 2012 at Vanguard Church (with 21+ churches/ministries participating).
We believe that there is “commanded blessing” (Ps. 133) that God releases upon His people when they choose to “dwell together in unity.” This blessing affects our agriculture, water, economy, schools, government, families, etc. The transformation of a region begins with God’s people being transformed in the secret place of prayer (2 Chron. 7:14).
We also desire to see Jesus’ prayer fulfilled in John 17:20-23:
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
We believe that the Greater Kalamazoo Prayer Push is part of the “prayer furnace” that undergirds the awakening that God is bringing to our region. We desire to support evangelistic movements such as Jesus Loves Kalamazoo through our fasting and intercession. In His prayer, Jesus reveals that the world will know that Jesus was sent by God when the Body of Christ becomes “one” as Jesus is one with the Father. We believe that united prayer is a catalyst for this type of world-impacting unity.