“Praying Through the Window.” The Christian Information Network hoped to enlist one million intercessors to pray, a daunting goal. They were overwhelmed by the response – 21 million people prayed through this dark window. Many prayed from a distance, while others traveled into the window to pray on site. Some 188 prayer journey teams took 257 journeys visiting sixty-one of the sixty-two nations. They prayed in front of mosques, Hindu Shrines, and Buddhist temples. They walked the streets and prayed. They watched people and prayed. They did not go to preach – simply to quietly pray. Is there power in prayer alone?
Stories began to flow in of dramatic conversions, dreams and the like, the salvation of resistant and hard-hearted individuals. Missionaries noted a marked increase in openness to the gospel. Those who prayed and went on such journeys came home with a profound awareness, not only of the need for, but also the presence of God’s love for these people. A taste of promise through prayer created an anticipation driven by faith, that what they had just participated in was only the beginning of something dramatic and world changing.
Two years later, “Praying Through the Window II” was conducted. This time the prayer focus was 100 Gateway Cities in the 10/40 Window. An astounding 36 million joined the prayer effort. It was estimated that 10,000 prayer journeyers went into the gateway cities to pray on site.
In another two years, “Praying Through the Window III” took place. The focus of that prayer effort was the 1,739 significant unreached people groups of the 10/40 Window. Even more people joined this prayer effort. An estimated 50 million believers prayed together for these unreached people groups. Thousands took prayer journeys to walk and pray among these unreached peoples.
Douglas Small is founder and president of Alive Ministries: PROJECT PRAY and he serves in conjunction with a number of other organizations. He is also the creator of the Praying Church Movement and the Prayer Trainer’s Network.
In addition, Dr. Small is a member of the board of trustees of Holmes Bible College.