One month after the US National Day of Prayer, more than 10,000 Christians are expected to gather for prayer in New York City Saturday, June 5 in “an unprecedented act of unity”. Up to 250 churches representing various denominations and ethnic groups will participate in "Pray New York!" a united effort to pray for each of the 233 zip codes that make up the five boroughs of New York City.
Organized by Concerts of Prayer Greater New York in collaboration with the New York March for Jesus and New Hope New York, the event is an "unprecedented initiative to mobilize believers to spiritually and socially transform the world's most influential city," said organizer Reverend Mac Pier. "My vision for the prayer walk is to see the spiritual temperature of the city raised. I believe we are living in an unprecedented time to see our city filled with faith to a level that we haven't seen in 100 years. We want to pray that reality into our city as a united army of intercessors from every tribe and tongue. This year our focus will be on seeking freedom in Christ for the people and institutions that make up our community."
New York, one of the most influential cities in the history of the world, is home to eight million residents, 24% of whom live below the poverty line. Meanwhile up to 90% of the children growing up in immigrant churches are leaving the church, and more than 100,000 residents have died in AIDS in the past 17 years.
Also partnering with Pray New York are World Vision and the Nationally Broadcast Concert of Prayer.