What is the Biblical basis for the Vision and Strategy of Prayer at the Heart (PATH)

The vision and strategy are based upon the following scriptures:

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. John 17:22-23.

Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. Psalm 110:3 KJV

Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves… Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’… The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” 18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven…” Luke 10:3, 9, 17-18

These are explained in the following questions and answers.

What Denomination is PATH?

PATH is for Christians from every denomination and non-denomination church, every age and people group and every ministry.

God’s promise to heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14) is conditional on, ‘If my people….’ That means Christians from every ‘tribe and tongue.’

Unity between Christians is an essential part of PATH. Jesus prayed,

I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. John 17:22-23

We believe God wants the prayer warriors and intercessors, evangelists, prophets, teachers and preachers and apostles working as one.

Is Path going to ask me for my money?

No. However, we do provide the opportunity for people to donate if they want to.

How can Christians be unified when they differ on so many issues?

Only God can bring unity across His Church but if we follow His word (the Bible), we believe we can be one.

‘Humble themselves’– We are united around the centrality and supremacy of Christ. We prioritize love and unity over disputes about scriptural interpretation on other issues. We recognize we might be wrong on debatable items.

PATH is not about names or titles, but following Jesus in making ourselves of no reputation, that His name may be exalted. We must decrease that He might increase!

We hold our own opinions lightly but hold tightly to God’s instructions for life, as found in the Holy scriptures.

‘Pray’ – We are united in our love for Jesus Christ. Our love for Him is our chief motivator and, our desire to please Him, means that communing with Him in prayer is a priority. We offer humble, unified, desperate prayer to God together and individually for His kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.

‘Seek my face’ – Believing we are created to be in a love relationship with God through Jesus Christ, the first passion in our hearts is to know Him more. Our first priority is to spend time with Him in prayer and His word – the Bible. We express our love for Him by how we love and care for others.

‘Turn from their wicked ways’ – we want to turn from our self-centered living, to be God centered in all we do. To live to please Him in the meditation of our hearts, the words of our mouth and our actions to others.

Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. Psalm 110:3 KJV

Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves… Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’… The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” 18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven…” Luke 10:3, 9, 17-18

In Luke 9:1-6 and 10:1-21 Jesus gave instructions to His disciples in how they should be on earth. He gave them a ‘Go model,’ to take the light that was in them and let it shine before others – Matthew 5:16 – through prayer and acts of love and kindness to the poor and the suffering.

Scripture teaches that our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the spiritual forces of darkness in the heavenly realm – Ephesians 6:12. These forces blind people’s minds from seeing Jesus and His love for them – 2 Corinthians 4:4. They are behind the darkness over the land reflected in the brokenness, hatred, division, suffering, disorder, injustice etc.

When the disciples came back to Jesus, He said, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”

As the disciples obeyed Jesus’ instructions and let their light shine, darkness had to flee! People could then see and experience the Kingdom of God.

 This is what we are believing for as we go through the land with prayer and action.

We are asking Christians to use whatever God has placed in their hands to bless others whether it be:

  • To focus on prayer and intercession (as with Moses up the mountain while Joshua fought in the valley Exodus 17:8-16);
  • Giving loving kindness to the homeless;
  • Using medical skills to help those struggling with mental illness;
  • Using sporting talent to bless the youth;
  • Using musical talent to hold a concert;
  • Using gifts of healing to heal the sick;

What happens after the NE Ohio pilot central gathering on June 17th 2023?

Our prayer is that the PATH initiative in NE Ohio will ignite a great awakening and will provide a model that can be replicated across the nation. Our vision is for:

  • 63 million souls to be saved over the next few years;
  • Prayer to be at the heart of every individual, family, church, workplace and community;
  • The needs of the suffering to be met;
  • Forgiveness and reconciliation to flow like a river;
  • Society and culture to be transformed in line with the Kingdom of God; and
  • The Church to become missional, in line with Jesus’ command to His disciples in Matthew 28:19-

During the 40 days of prayer, care and share, and after June 17th 2023, individuals who have come to faith in Christ or want more information about the Christian faith, will be introduced to a local church.

Alternatively, they may want to attend the church of the person who led them to Christ. Going forward, our hope and prayer is that each church will prioritize prayer, care and share in their communities. We envisage a similar initiative for NE Ohio in 2024 and annually thereafter.

What if we disagree with the theology of some of the churches taking part in PATH?

In answer to Jesus’ prayer in John 17:23, unity is a priority for PATH. We believe our unity will help to drive out the darkness from the nation and will be closely linked to the great awakening God is about to bring across America.

We believe the first and most important unity the Father is looking for is in His son Jesus Christ. We are in the same family and are unified in Him if we believe the following facts about Jesus Christ :

  • His incarnation – Fully God and fully man;
  • His birth through the virgin Mary, His life and substitutionary death on the cross;
  • His resurrection from the grave and ascension into heaven; and
  • His return to earth in glory.

Like any family, we can disagree about other issues, but these don’t have to break our unity. Instead, in humility, we can accept one another in love and work together as a mighty army to drive out the darkness from the land.

Will our church be asked for money?

Making a financial donation to PATH is not a condition of being part of the movement. However, your church may want to help cover some of the PATH expenses.

What commitment are you asking for from our church?

Humbly, that we can link arms with you to ignite a great awakening across NE Ohio – and then Ohio and the rest of the nation. We believe it’s time for the Church to go on the offense together, against the forces of darkness that are ravaging our nation. God has given us a strategy in scripture and we believe He will come in great power if we will pray and mobilize Christians in unity outside the four walls of our buildings.

Please will you encourage your members to use their God given gifts, abilities and experiences to share God’s love with the ‘lost and broken.’ There are 20 or so different ministries they can serve in during a 40-day season of prayer, care and share from May 8th – June 16th 2023. Your members will be serving with other members of God’s Church, providing a wonderful opportunity to fulfill Jesus’ words in John 13:35 and 17:23. Specialist teams will provide the necessary directions, guidelines and training so that everyone will know what, where, when and how to serve in their chosen ministry e.g. prayer and intercession, helping the poor or the addicts.

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How will our church benefit from linking arms with Prayer at the Heart?

Our prayer is that thousands of people will come to faith in Christ during the 40 days of prayer, care and share and at the central gathering. Many of these new converts will end up in your church, which will help to stir vision, faith, courage and action. We pray that a great awakening will lead to a transformation of culture and society and a missional form of Christianity in line with the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).

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What if we’re not equipped for troubled individuals or families?

There will be training available to equip churches to care and disciple new converts, whatever needs they may have.

Does PATH have a diversity policy?

As explained in previous answers, PATH is for every age, ‘tribe and tongue.’

How does PATH link with the local church?

PATH has connected with denominational and non-denominational churches at the national level with a request to partner with them across America. Many of them have informed and connected their churches at a local level with PATH. Also, the PATH teams at the state, county and city level have reached out to local churches with a request to partner with them in prayer and acts of loving kindness and evangelism to people in their community.

​For example, does your church have a specific ministry gifting and/or could you encourage your members to sign up to use what God has placed in their hands such as:

  • Does your church have a heart for the homeless or for orphans and widows?
  • Could your church serve the ‘lost and broken’ by:
    • Meeting a need in the family/home e.g. a plumber, dentist, hair dresser, financial advice etc.
    • Taking in one or more foster children.
    • Running a sports and/or music event/s for young people;
    • Giving advice for mental health and addiction issues;
    • Giving comfort to the broken-hearted;

Every person we have contact with we will endeavor to connect to a local church, including a beginner’s course such as Alpha and/or a national ministry for grief and addiction counselling services.

How do I get involved with my local PATH team?

You can sign up to get involved with your local PATH team at www.prayerattheheart.org/contact

Can anyone get involved with PATH?


Is PATH associated with a political party?

No, PATH is about one thing and one thing only – lifting up the name of Jesus and to see His Kingdom come on earth and His will being done as it is in heaven.

PATH holds to the absolute centrality and supremacy of Jesus, being fully God and fully man, His virgin birth, life, substitutionary death on the cross and His resurrection and second coming in glory. Jesus being the only savior from sin and death.

Will I be judged for my moral, political or world views?

No. Christians are called to love people and not to judge them. Jesus said, God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.’ John 3:17 NLT

“Whenever God determines to do a great work, He first sets His people to pray” (C. Spurgeon). This reliable principle begs the question: “How does God mobilize his people to heartfelt prayer?” Most importantly, how does God move Christian leaders who shepherd His church to unite in fervent, persistent, biblically focused prayer for the fulfillment of His purposes? By two things mainly: 1) distress over the degradation of the church and the surrounding culture and 2) hope that God will pour out His Spirit on his church and fill it with His fulness until it overflows with transformative impact on society. Many believers are distressed at the current state of things. At the same time, there is much reason to hope for God’s divine intervention in response to passionate, biblically guided prayer.

Believers across America now mourn the debility of the church; its vitality is faltering, its impact fading, its mission neglected, and its devotion to God being undercut by love for this world. Right now we are enduring the largest and fastest religious shift in American history. Its scope is greater than every previous spiritual awakening in our history combined, only in the opposite direction. Christians are being confronted by “spiritual forces of evil” (Eph. 6:12) operating from the heavenly realms that boldly infiltrate every aspect of society, even the church. These dark powers aim to 1) frustrate God’s purpose to bless all peoples on earth through Christ with countless benefits, including righteousness, peace, joy, and justice, and 2)
inflict endless varieties of misery on everyone. When spiritual decline and cultural decay prevail, God’s people rise up to seek the Lord in prayer as the fountain of every blessing, asking him to fill the earth with his glory, pour out His Holy Spirit, inspire his church, and deliver people and cultures from innumerable troubles. Now is the time to pray with desperation for spiritual and cultural renewal, for divine intervention, for the fulfillment of God’s purposes for his church and his creation in Northeast Ohio.

Christian leaders, especially pastors, have a heightened responsibility to press into God with prayer for the church. Biblical precedent shows that gathering church leaders together to engage in heartfelt prayer for the welfare of their community often initiates widespread spiritual and social renewal both in church and society (2 Chron. 7:13-14; 15:8-10; 34:29-32). New Testament accounts show that when Christian leaders unite in prayer, often in response to social and/or spiritual crises, spiritual awakening and gospel advance follow (Acts 1:13-14; 2:1-4; 4:23-31; 13:1-3).

Jesus himself instills expectation of an outpouring of God’s Spirit in response to prayer with this promise: “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13). Our Father in heaven is especially ready to pour out upon us the blessing we most need and long for, the very Spirit of God who imparts divine life, wisdom, and virtue.

With all this in mind, now is the time for Christian leaders across Northeast Ohio to come together to seek the Lord with biblically grounded, Christ-directed, wholehearted prayer for a God-given spiritual awakening. The trumpet of God is blaring! He is calling us to pray! Join Christian leaders from across our region to humble ourselves, seek the Lord’s face, and be willing to respond through His intervening grace to any changes He calls us to make! (Psalm 110:3)

The Gathering is an extension of the nationwide PATH (Prayer at the Heart) initiative piloted recently in Northeast Ohio. Put The Gathering on your calendar: Sunday, September 24, 6 pm, Calvary Chapel of Cleveland, 709 Brook Park Road, Brooklyn Heights, OH.