Weekly Online Prayer Meeting at Times Square Church Enables Corporate Prayer at Apex of Global Crisis
Virtual Prayer Meeting That Includes Thousands from Over 200 Countries Brings Hope and Peace During Unprecedented and Challenging Time
March 31, 2020
NEW YORK—The way that America—and the world—has gone to God for guidance has changed drastically, as a global pandemic has inserted the word “coronavirus” into everyone’s vernacular.
But even though millions are not gathering in churches, thousands find respite each Tuesday evening through Times Square Church’s weekly prayer meeting that for the past five years has welcomed thousands of people from over 200 countries. The weekly prayer meetings at the New York City church happen each Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET at tsc.nyc/webcasts/tuesday-7pm.
“We need to begin to pray like we have never prayed before and say, ‘God, would You help us? Would You take us deeper? Would You take us further into Your life?’” said Times Square Church leader Carter Conlon. “Everything we need is in Christ. If we know the depth of how much God loves us, and we understand how we are covered in Christ and where we are in Christ, then God can begin to speak. Then God can begin to convict. We have to have the courage to pray again. The Lord says, ‘Come, knock on my door and admit that you need everything I have purchased for you.’”
Times Square Church’s online prayer meetings began on Jan. 28, 2015, and prayers have been received from 207 self-reported countries and dependencies, with the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia and India being the top submitters. Prayer requests and reports of answered prayers come in directly through a website submission form, on the church’s app or via text message.
In July 2001, well before 9/11, God called Times Square Church to bring to a halt all events and activities and pray for New York City.
“We sensed something was coming that would shake this city and our nation,” added Conlon. “The church sat in total quiet for weeks, praying and waiting on the Lord before the towers were hit. Since then, we have known a time was coming to this nation when everything that could be shaken would be shaken. This is such a time.”
Since its inception, the prayer meeting has received hundreds of thousands of prayer requests and answers to prayer. As the coronavirus pandemic causes panic and anxiety around the world, this worldwide prayer meeting has seen a surge of participants online who have nowhere else to go voice their fears and concerns:
- “Heal my mother, Imelda, who is very sick.”—Oxford, United Kingdom
- “Please pray for God to restore my marriage. Please pray for my husband to have hope for the future and direction and to be healed from depression.”—Vancouver, Canada
- “(Pray) for the Holy Spirit to reach my 30-year-old daughter … to get her where Jesus’ perfect will is and where there is help.”—Tucson, Arizona
- “(Pray) for healing against this virus and like symptoms. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”—Taihina, San Fernando City, California
- Thank you, TSC, for continuing the online prayer meeting. May God protect all church members beyond the coronavirus attack and early end.”—Tokyo, Japan
Times Square Church is an inter-denominational, multinational congregation, located in the heart of New York City, at 51st Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, founded by Rev. David Wilkerson, author of the best-selling book “The Cross and the Switchblade.” Over 10,000 people, representing more than 100 different nationalities, gather most weeks, finding that true unity is possible through Jesus Christ.
To interview Carter Conlon of Times Square Church, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Jeff Tolson, 610.584.1096, ext. 108, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.