Tomorrow, July 23, vans and cars will begin arriving in the small town of Lebanon, Kansas. From every corner of the US, and around its circumference, prayer teams will be meeting others at the geographical center of the United States for Prayer at the Heart of America. for a powerful prayer encounter
Though just announced in February of this year, Prayer at the Heart (PATH) has become a major initiative for a number of prayer movements in the United States, including the International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC).
“We believe God’s led us to this moment,” IPHC Presiding Bishop Doug Beacham said in his invitation video, “to gather at the center, the heart, of the United States to pray.”
Prayer at the Heart (PATH) was the vision of the IPHC’s prayer consultant, P. Douglas Small, president of Project Pray. He envisioned a gathering of people from all four corners of the US traveling to and gathering around the tiny chapel in Lebanon to rededicate America to the Lord. Bishop Garry Bryant, executive director of Evangelism USA (EVUSA) and his team responded to the call and opportunity to bring “America’s Prayer Meeting” to Lebanon, Kansas.
But the vision first required a site. Thanks to the generosity of two local farmers, Prayer at the Heart secured the use of several fields around the Geographical Center Park. After they had a site, EVUSA’s team began the rest of the planning.
The EVUSA team, which has included others in the Project Pray movement, are now seeing their plans come to fruition. According to Bryant, as of July 22, the two large tents that will provide the primary setting for the gathering have been erected. In addition to providing the main tent for the afternoon and evening program, the site includes a tent for intercessors and one for children’s ministry and activities, as well as space for Prayer Walk America and Pray for the Nations. Other infrastructure concerns, including parking and restroom facilities and hydration, have also been addressed.
While teams prepare the physical infrastructure for the event, multiple prayer teams have been walking the property, praying for those traveling. Travelers on nine prayer routes—one from each of the eight compass points as well as a circumference ride—are now in or near Lebanon. Tomorrow, the IPHC’s Council of Bishops will join those gathering in Lebanon, and the program will begin at 2pm Central Time.
Anyone and everyone are invited to pray—to “contend for the souls of the nation’s population,” as Bishop Bryant put it. If you’re unable to attend the event in person, you can watch live at prayerattheheart.com, on Facebook, and on YouTube. In addition, the event will be available on the Integrity Television Roku channel.