Thousands Hope for Revival through Prayer Event

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SETUL, Indonesia -- Thousands of the world's Christian leaders are joining forces in Indonesia to cover the world in prayer.

Whether it's in the 11,000-seat auditorium, the hallways, classrooms, or small spontaneous circles, the Sentul International Convention Center serves as a giant prayer house this week.

More than 9,000 Christians are asking God to transform their villages, towns, and cities for the Kingdom at this year's World Prayer Assembly.

"We must understand that every one of us Christians has to be the light. If the light comes, the darkness will be gone," Pastor Daniel Pandji, a World Prayer Assembly participant, told CBN News.

Since Monday, leaders have met outside Indonesia's capital city for the prayer event.

Each day, participants select from a dozen or more workshops and seminars addressing a variety of issues confronting the global church.

Organizers say prayer is the foundation to breaking down societal strongholds.

"Whenever there's a great prayer movement - you see this from even the early church, in the book of Acts - when the power of the Holy Spirt came, what happened? They just went everywhere," Dick Eastman, leader of Every Home for Christ, explained.

The World Prayer Assembly hopes to equip those in attendance with the practical and spiritual tools needed to make a difference in their communities.

"What we want to provide here is opportunities for them to grow, for them to learn, for them to be resourced and trained up," said Jason Mandryk, a team leader with the prayer ministry Operation World.

Larwin Nickelson pastors a church in Switzerland and came to the World Prayer Assembly discouraged about European attitudes about Christianity.

"But now, this kind of boosted my faith again to go back, believe God," he said. "What He can do in other countries, I believe He can do it in Europe again."

All week, the 24-7 prayer room has been filled with people worshipping and seeking God.

It was there that CBN News met Pan Chun Ping, an evangelist with one of China's house churches.

"I love this room!" she said.

"There's just something beautiful when people from different parts of the world get on the floor and begin praying for the nations," she continued.

"This is spiritual warfare," she continued. "We are asking God for open doors, access to the culture so He can shape and change the future of nations."

Ding Ling, another Chinese evangelist, was especially moved when an intercessor began praying for her country.

"I felt as if I was part of a huge family, Christians I had never met in my life, all fervently praying that the Lord impact the destiny of my country," Ling recalled.

Friday, participants will leave the conference and scatter to the four corners of the globe, carrying with them a renewed excitement and determination to see the nations won for Jesus Christ.

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