Many Denominations – One Place

Jonathan Brownson

READ : Acts 2:1-4

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. (v. 1)

The original Fulton Street prayer meetings were held in the consistory room of the Old North Dutch Church on William Street in lower Manhattan. When that church was torn down in 1875, the prayer meeting moved to a nearby building at 113 Fulton Street.

It certainly wasn’t unique to have a prayer meeting in a church. However, it was unique to have so many churches represented in one gathering. From the beginning the Fulton Street prayer meetings were centrally located and intentionally interdenominational.

In recent years, this practice of having many churches represented under one roof has increased. Just this week I participated in a prayer conference where sixteen different churches were represented in just one prayer workshop. I pray regularly with pastors representing over ten different denominations or fellowships and close to sixty separate congregations.

Internationally, under the banner of the Global Day of Prayer (http://gdopusa.com), many different groups of believers gather together annually to pray in one place on Pentecost. In 2006, people from almost 200 nations participated.

Have you ever been a part of a prayer meeting involving many different churches, ethnicities, and nationalities under one roof? Wouldn’t you like to be?

PRAYER

Lord, we are better together. Bless prayer movements which seek to affirm and encourage prayer that crosses racial, economic, and denominational barriers.