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MORE THAN TWO DOZEN CHURCHES have joined together to pray nonstop for Tulsa and the state during 2007, Oklahoma's centennial year. Some of Tulsa's largest churches, from several denominations, are participating in the 24-7 prayer ...

The Rev. Roger Nix, pastor of Believers Church, who spearheaded the project, said enough churches have signed on to cover the first six months of 2007, and more are expressing an interest. ... Participating churches will set up a prayer room at the church, and schedule people to pray in one-hour slots around the clock for one week. ... "I think Tulsa is meant to be a healing place," [Kathy Ruddick, a prayer participant,] said. Daniel McIntosh, youth leader at Believers Church, said he has noticed a renewed interest in prayer among young people. "They've discovered there is power in prayer," he said. Nix said that the Tulsa prayer project is part of a larger prayer movement at numerous churches across the United States. Prayer rooms are cropping up all over, he said. Some set aside three days for around-the-clock prayer. Others set aside one week or longer. "We're excited to see churches rediscovering the centrality of prayer," he said. "We're good at running programs, but we're not good at the spiritual disciplines."

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