In 2002 the Lord spoke to a group of pastors who were praying for San Diego and told them to begin having Praise Gatherings. These gatherings were to be opportunities for all of the churches in North County to come together simply to praise God for two hours.
That very same week, some intercessors (individuals who pray for the church, pastor and others) called one of the pastors and stated that the Lord had told them the exact same thing in prayer (without knowing what the Lord had already spoken to the pastors’ group)!
After the first gathering, the pastors’ group prayed about whether the meetings should continue or if it was simply to be a one-time event. When they prayed, the Lord clearly said,“If you will do these consistently and fervently I will use them to create ‘spiritual momentum’ in the region.”
These Praise Gatherings have been happening for several years now. The intensity of God’s presence has greatly increased, and the impact has been tremendous! In 2008, they felt the Holy Spirit impress on them the need to incorporate prayer as well, so now the meetings are known as the Regional Praise and PrayerGatherings.
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