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In an impressive show of Christian unity, about 40,000 people from more than 400 Nashville-area churches have embarked on a month-long initiative to pray for every local citizen by name. Awaken Nashville is billed as “a city-wide movement of prayer and fasting unifying the body of Christ to strategically intercede for every person” in the surrounding area.
Dave Clayton, founding pastor of Ethos Church, says he and his wife came up with the idea because they love Nashville and want all its residents to know God’s goodness. “We’ve got a really deep prayer culture in our church,” Clayton says of Ethos. “We’ve seen God do a lot of neat things, and we thought, ‘Let’s try to extend that to the city.’”
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Because almost 2 million people live in the 13-county Nashville metro area, Ethos needed help to pray for everyone. So Clayton developed relationships with local pastors and church leaders, encouraging them and their congregations to participate. “It’s just one simple way we’re trying to serve people,” he says.
When Awaken Nashville kicked off on January 27 at the Ryman Auditorium, participants each received a packet containing a list of 15 names, addresses and postcards, instructions, and guides about prayer and fasting. Free resources—in both English and Spanish—are also available online to download and share. Households aren’t limited to just one packet, and some people have jumped on board mid-movement, as word spreads about Awaken Nashville.
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