Mountaintop Prayer!

January 1, 2020 • 7:33 am

What and When

Mountaintop Prayer at sunrise on January 1st of each year has been an Arizona tradition since the year 2000. This year it occurs at 7:33 am on Wednesday morning, January 1, 2020.

Each year BridgeBuilders and other ministries and churches of all denominations gather as families and friends and head for various Arizona mountaintops at sunrise to meet with God and usher in the New year.

Where and How

The instructions are simple: Form a group of family and friends to go up together to one of the many mountaintops and pray.

***Be sure to post photos of your mountaintop experience on BridgeBuilders Facebook page so others may celebrate with you.

Further Information

Scriptural Basis

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord…that He may teach us concerning His ways, and that we may walk in His paths.” ­-Isaiah 2:3

“Hear now what the Lord is saying, “Arise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice.” ­ -Micah 6:1

“Let them shout for joy from the tops of the mountains. Let them give glory to the Lord, and declare His praise from the coastlands. The Lord will go forth like a warrior, He will arouse His zeal like a man of war. He will utter a shout, yes, He will raise a war cry. He will prevail against His enemies” ­– Isaiah 42:11­-12

There are hundreds of passages in the Bible in which significant spiritual events take place on mountaintops, high places and at gateways. Intercession, warfare and the tearing down of idols, vision and revelation, and personal and corporate encounters with God occur in such places. We know of no better way to usher in the New Year. We consistently receive testimonies of God’s presence and answers to prayer.

It is our great desire to invite the Lord of Hosts and renew our dedication of the land that He may transform our state and nation.

Suggested Guidelines for all Mountaintop Prayer Locations

As a general guideline, most mountaintop prayer teams will want to meet at about 6:30am, depending on the amount of hiking time needed to get to the top of the mountain by sunrise (which varies slightly year to year). The suggested timeline is as follows for a 7:33 sunrise:

  • 6:30 am – meet at a “base camp” of your mountain location and begin hiking to the top
  • 7:00 am – be in position at the top of the mountain for 30 minutes of personal quiet time before the Lord (suggested meditation 2 Chronicles 20).
  • 7:30 am – assemble together as a team
  • 7:33 am – official sunrise in Phoenix – blow the shofar (trumpet), raise a shout of joy to the Lord
  • 7:35 am – share communion together (designate someone to bring communion provisions to share)
  • 7:40 am – have a time of worship and prayer for our cities, state, and nation
  • 8:15 am – return to the base camp for final prayers and to join with anyone who may have stayed back
  • 9:00 am – teams often then go to a breakfast place together
Note to Hikers:

Mountaintop hikers need to wear layered clothing appropriate for the changes of temperature and hiking conditions. If the mountaintop location requires a strenuous hike, the hiker will get warm on the way up, but then need to be prepared for cool/cold, windy conditions at the top. The mountaintop team leader(s) should scout out the trail and location in advance. Hikers should bring a water bottle and Bible if possible. Provisions for communion and a shofar or trumpet should also be made.

Finally….(please share your experience)

Send a short report to Be sure to include a short summary of your mountaintop experience, where you went and how many joined you.

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