On Tuesday night, Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium will turn into a giant house of prayer.
“It’s worth coming and being a part of it. It’ll be something we’ll not soon forget.”
So says Don Rayno, the longtime director of Raleigh Area Concerts of Prayer, which is organizing a city-wide prayer rally for October 16th.
“No sermon,” he told me. “We’ll have 26 area pastors on stage that will lead us in various prayers throughout. There will be times that the whole auditorium will break up into small groups and pray together as well.”
At least 85 churches have banded together for the event, reserving blocks of space at Memorial for their congregants to come that night and worship across denominational lines. There will also be open seats for folks to come on their own and join in. There’s no admission fee, but be prepared to pay for parking.
“There are two themes for the evening,” Rayno says. “The first half will be praying for God to work in the church. There’ll be prayers of confession, for repentance, for spiritual awakening and revival. The second half of the evening will be prayers for God to work through the church. Evangelism, missions, outreach, compassion ministry, things like that.”
The Concerts of Prayer organization has been around for years, supporting local pastors and congregations. Last November, the group began a monthly lunch-time prayer gathering in north Raleigh. But this is the first time they’ve held a city-wide prayer rally in about 15 years.
Tuesday’s 2-hour event will begin at 7pm, with the doors opening at 6. Rayno says they’re expecting more than 2,000 people.
“If you’re not used to praying out loud in a group, you can pray silently, and agree in prayer. I would just encourage people to come because this opportunity doesn’t come very often to join with so many churches in unity, across the denominations in the body of Christ, across cultures. It’ll be a powerful evening.”