Rim Country churches are coming together this week in prayer.
Starting Friday evening, people started taking turns praying at Mountain High Coffee Works, 612 N. Beeline Highway.
The goal: non-stop prayer for seven days. The vision: unite churches across the state and see spiritual, social and economic transformation.
Commitment is the only qualification to join. Which Christian domination you follow is hardly a consideration.
So far, 35 area churches have signed up to help fill the hour prayer slots. The public is welcome to drop in and pray as long as they want during the coffee shop’s regular business hours, which are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Volunteers have set up a separate prayer room. The room includes several “stations” where practitioners can direct their prayers to a demographic. In one corner, a wall has been covered with words of various social issues, including abuse, bullying and suicide that participants are asked to direct their prayers toward.
On another wall, patriotic symbols to represent local and national servants, including soldiers, politicians, police officers and firefighters.
Nancy Hallock, who is helping coordinate the week’s prayers, said the week is designed to keep the fire of God burning.
“We can’t without God and God won’t without us,” she said. “It is a partnership he has with us.”
Churches from around the state have participated in Prayer Torch since 2008. Each week, the torch is passed to a new prayer team that commits to all-day, all-night prayer.
After Payson, the torch will go to Crossroads Nazarene Church in Chandler.
For more information on how you can get involved, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mountain High Coffee at (928) 478-7166.