Origination: While attending Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland, Oregon, I was reading through the book of Nehemiah. When I came across Nehemiah's words, "I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem..." (2:12), a "heart's desire" was instantaneously birthed in my mind.
Before I left Fort Collins, Colorado, where I previously resided before going to seminary in Portland, I had a driving passion for climbing Colorado's "Fourteeners".
When I read this verse in Nehemiah, God gave me a vision of masses of Christians praying for the Church of Jesus Christ in each of the 50 states from high atop the 54 Fourteeners of the Colorado Rockies. Perfect! A vision I had been praying for! Something I decided to pursue wholeheartedly following my seminary graduation.
July 4, 1998 was the inaugural year for Prayer Peaks. Subsequently, each Saturday before the 4th of July, Christians have participated in Prayer Peaks. Many of Colorado's Fourteeners have been climbed/prayed from as well as other peaks throughout the United States and peaks in other countries.
The goal is to see all of the 54 Fourteeners of Colorado (and various peaks throughout the U.S.) climbed on June 29, 2013 - the Saturday before our nation's birthday.
Biblical Support for Prayer Peaks:
The Bible records many events that take place in mountainous / hilltop and wilderness areas. A few of these events deal specifically with the withdrawal of a chosen leader to seek God's face and intercede on people's behalf. For example, Moses met with the LORD on Mount Sinai and interceded for mercy for the Israelites.
Jesus began His ministry by spending the night in prayer on a mountainside before choosing the 12 disciples who were to follow Him for the next three plus years. Also Jesus brought Peter, James and John to a mountain top where He was transfigured before them and met with His Father in heaven.
Concerning the many sins of Israel, the LORD said to King Solomon:
"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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land" -- II Chronicles 7:14.
The Fourteeners of Colorado provide a spectacular environment that instantaneously "humble[s]" those who have the Spirit of God within them when they summit these peaks. Looking out over creation and seeing the apparent insignificance of oneself over this vast land provides a lesson in humility. This environment also ushers believers into an intimacy with God - a tremendous place to "seek [God's] face" for our crumbling nation.
Prayer Peaks is a Christ-centered ministry dedicated to intercessory prayer for the Church of Jesus Christ from high elevations.
The goal of Prayer Peaks is to dispatch Christian climbers up the 54 fourteeners of the Colorado Rockies on a common day and to intercede in prayer for the Christian Church in every state of the United States of America. If you can't make it to Colorado, climb a "high-point" in your home state.
Our Statement of Faith: Our God:
We believe that there is One God eternally existing in three, co-equal persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14). Our Scriptures:
We believe that the Bible is God's written revelation to man and that it is verbally inspired, authoritative, and without error in the original documents (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21). Man's Creation & Fall:
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God but through Adam's sin became alienated from God, acquired a sin nature, and came under the judicial sentence of death (Genesis 1:25-27; Romans 3:22-23; Ephesians 2:1-13). Salvation:
We believe that salvation from sin and death is the gift of God offered to man only by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that this faith is manifested in works pleasing to God (Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 2:11-14). The Person & Work of Jesus Christ:
We believe that Jesus Christ was completely man and completely God, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, willingly died on a cross to provide for our redemption, bodily resurrected and ascended into heaven, is currently seated at the right hand of the Father and is interceding for us, and He will return to reign on earth in power and glory (Philippians 2:5-11). The Holy Spirit:
We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, that He performs the miracle of new life in an unbeliever and indwells believers, enabling them to live a Godly life until the day of redemption (John 3:5-8; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14). The Church:
We believe that the Church is a spiritual organism made up of all born again persons in this age, irrespective of their affiliation with Christian organizations (Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27; I Corinthians 12:12-26). BIBLICAL PRINCIPLE: SCRIPTURE: Passion for God Himself (i.e. the GREAT COMMANDMENT) Mark 12:29-30 Reconciliation via repentance John 17:20-23 Adherence to God's Word Psalm 119 Youth - Growing up in a wicked culture I Timothy 4:12 Evangelism (i.e. the GREAT COMMISSION) Matthew 28:18-20 Revival in the church Psalm 85:6 Standing firm in the faith in troublesome times I Peter 5:8-11
Mountaineering in Colorado can be very dangerous and many people have died on the 14ers. Weather, terrain and other people can put you in a situation where your knowledge and experience will be vital. If you are new to these peaks, I urge you to pick up a book on mountaineering safety and make sure your basic navigation skills (map+compass, not only GPS) are up-to-par and you can rely on them in a tough situation.
Just because a crowd of people can march to the summit of Sherman Peak on a summer Saturday, it doesn’t mean that they are all safe. Altitude sickness, dehydration, and fast-building storms are the most common problems. Please be in shape and self sufficient.
Although this is a group activity you are responsible for yourself.