JOIN US IN PRAYER FOR YOUR NATION

OUR STORY

In January 2009, churches in Austin, Texas, under the leadership of Pastor Trey Kent, and churches in Bellingham, Washington,  under the leadership of Pastor Jason Hubbard, began covering their communities in 24/7 prayer. Their model was simple—each church adopted a monthly day of prayer or half day of prayer. Believers prayed in 30- or 60-minute segments from home, school, work or church.

On January 1, 2017, Pastor Brian Alarid and a group of pastors launched New Mexico Prays using this same model. Today, there are over 100 churches in 27 cities and towns that are covering New Mexico in unceasing prayer. On October 9, 2017, we launched America Prays to unite and equip 40,000 churches in 24/7 prayer for a national spiritual awakening. By Spring 2018, the movement had spread to other nations, and we launched World Prays to serve as a relational network of pastors and leaders who are covering their nations in 24/7 prayer.

As is always the case, prayer moved us to mission, and in 2019, God burdened us to collaborate with global partners to pray for people far from God through an initiative we called Pray for All. On May 13, 2020, Brian Alarid received a phone call from Mart Green, the Chief Investment Officer at Hobby Lobby. “I believe the Bible movement and the prayer movement need to come together at some point,” Mart said in his signature upbeat tone. “But first,” Mart continued, “I believe the prayer movements need to come together. What do you think could unite all the different prayer movements?” I didn’t need to think long about my answer. It was the only thing on my mind lately. “Maybe the commission in First Timothy chapter two. The vision of praying for all people could bring together from different movements and denominations to accomplish something greater than any of us could on our own.”

This idea came from the heart of God. He shared it with the Apostle Paul, who recorded it in the Scriptures for posterity and now has commissioned this generation to fulfill it. 

Over the past three years, we have built regional hubs in Austin, Texas, Guatemala, South Africa, Kenya, Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal to pioneer this initiative and contextualize it. 

So far, we have prayed for over 500 million people by name through the efforts of our partners. God has blessed us with incredible partners like call2all, Empowered21, Finishing The Task, Cru, Run Ministries, Movement Day, New Thing, International Prayer Connect, Dare 2 Share, Every Home For Christ, Bless Every Home, Go Movement, Gloo, the Association of Evangelicals in Africa, One Hope, Great Commandment Network, Prayer Covenant, and many, many more.

You have a piece in this global movement as well. Whether you are a believer, pastor, intercessor, or movement leader—we need you. We can’t pray unceasingly without you. Your prayer, mobilization, and evangelism efforts matter to God’s global mission.

OUR VISION

Our vision is to unite and equip churches in every nation in 24/7 prayer for a global spiritual awakening. 

We believe that the world is in desperate need of spiritual awakening and that only united prayer can revive our communities. As J. Edwin Orr observed, “No great spiritual awakening has begun anywhere in the world apart from united prayer.” We are believing for churches and ministries of all sizes and theological backgrounds in every nation to join us in prayer for the greatest spiritual awakening in history.

WHO WE ARE

World Prays is a movement of believers, churches, and ministries covering their cities and nations in 24/7 prayer. Our mission is Every Church in Every Nation, a House of Prayer. We are a multiethnic, interdenominational, Jesus-centered prayer movement. World Prays is a DBA of  America Prays, a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt ministry.

OUR BELIEFS

We are a movement of Jesus-followers, Christian churches, and ministries who believe in the Trinity—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; the authority and infallibility of God’s Word; the virgin birth, sinless life, deity, crucifixion, and bodily resurrection of Jesus; salvation only through faith in Jesus; and the physical return of Jesus Christ to earth. We affirm the Statement of Faith adopted by the National Association of Evangelicals. With regard to all other doctrines, we adopt this approach: “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.”

Values

1. CHRIST-CENTERED:

We seek to honor Jesus Christ in everything we do and say. We strive to put Christ first and give Him preeminence in all things. There is no room in World Prays for pride, self-promotion, or arrogant boasting. We live for His glory and renown, not to exalt ourselves or our ministry. The primary motivation behind everything we do must be to honor Jesus and give Him the supremacy. Jesus is the Head of World Prays and we are His servants. It’s not about us—it’s all about Jesus (Colossians 1:15-18).

2. BIBLE-SATURATED:

We believe the Bible is the infallible and inspired Word of God and the only foundation for life. We want God’s Word to saturate our lives and permeate everything we do. The Bible is our ultimate authority and our moral compass. We strive to be men and women who meditate daily in the Word and apply it to our personal lives, much like the early followers of Christ. Acts 2:42, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

3. LOVE-MOTIVATED:

We are motivated by Jesus’ two greatest commandments to love God and love people (Matthew 22:37-40). Love is the essence of who God is, what He expects from us, and what He offers to us. Love is the goal, the purpose, the motivating force, the outcome, and the culmination of everything we do at America Prays. Jesus held up love as the most important benchmark of discipleship, saying in John 13:35, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

4. DISCIPLESHIP-DRIVEN:

We believe that radical devotion to Christ should be the norm, not the exception. We are called to make disciples, not just converts. We are driven by a desire to see the Great Commission fulfilled. Jesus said in Matthew 28:19, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.”

5. LOCAL CHURCH-BASED:

Jesus said in Mark 11:17, “My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” The church is God’s primary vehicle to bring salvation, healing, hope, and transformation to a broken world. We want to partner with pastors and churches to cover their communities in day and night prayer. When pastors and intercessors pray together and support each other, the Holy Spirit begins to transform the church. Pastors have to champion prayer and lead the way in prayer or their churches will never become houses of prayer.

6. SPIRIT-EMPOWERED:

By the grace of God, we submit our plans and decisions to the leadership of the Holy Spirit. We humbly recognize that we are dependent on God and can’t do anything apart from Jesus (John 15:5) and the Help of the Holy Spirit (John 16:13). Once we hear the Holy Spirit as he instructs us through the Scriptures, we will boldly follow his lead as we partner with Him to glorify Jesus in all that we do (John 16:14).

7. UNITY-FOCUSED:

Jesus prayed in John 17:21 that His followers would be one just as He and the Father are one “so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” The greatest witness to the world that Jesus is the Son of God is the unity of His church. We are focused on building and maintaining unity between pastors and churches from many different denominations and movements. Ephesians 4:3 commands us, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

OUR PRESIDENT: BRIAN ALARID

Brian was born in southern California and spent much of his childhood in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Guatemala, where his parents served as missionaries. He gave his life to Christ at the age of four in Guatemala, where  he became fluent in Spanish and developed a passion for missions. He was water baptized and received his call to ministry at the age of twelve in Costa Rica, went to Bible school at the age of seventeen, and has been in full-time pastoral ministry since 1993.

Brian is the President & CEO of America Prays & World Prays and the Chairman of Pray for All, an initiative to pray for every person in the world by name and share Jesus with them. He is the Co-Chair of the Empower 21 Global Prayer Alliance and the Chairman of the Prayer Taskforce for Call 2 All.

Brian is the author of ‘When People Pray: What Happens When Ordinary People Pray to an Extraordinary God’, and ‘By Name: How to Pray for People Far from God and Share Jesus with Them’. 

He has over 30 years of experience in pastoral ministry and executive leadership. He has preached the Gospel and trained thousands of leaders in over 20 nations through conferences, churches, crusades, prayer rallies, television, and radio. He previously served as a Regional Manager for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Brian has a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Regent University. He has been married to Dr. Mercy Alarid for 26 years, and they reside in Guatemala City with their three children: Chloe, Colin, and Lauren.

You can connect with Brian at brianalarid.com.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

DICK EASTMAN

Chairman of the Board

BRIAN ALARID

President & CEO

TREY KENT

Senior Vice President

JASON HUBBARD

Vice President, International Initiatives

MERCY ALARID

Vice President, Communications & Equipping

BRUNO INTERLANDI

Vice President, Latin America

LEWIS HOGAN

Board Member

BOARD OF Advisors

MAHESH DEL MEL

MARCOS WITT

JURIE KRIEL

STEPHEN MBOGO

SILVIO RODRIGUEZ

Bill Moeny

VIVIS RODRIGUEZ

ONASSIS ROOSEVELT

GOODWILL SHANA

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Since cryptocurrency has value, it provides one more way we can honor God through giving.

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