LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - UPDATE: The time for this event will run up to 6:30 p.m.
ORIGINAL STORY: On Sunday, March 25, Palm Sunday 2018, Jones Stadium will serve as the venue for Pray Jones Stadium 2018– a city wide prayer gathering of hundreds of businesses, organizations and churches "unified in the belief that the sincere, heartfelt prayer of a people who call on the Name of Jesus can change lives, cities and nations."
It's expected to be the biggest prayer gathering in Lubbock since Billy Graham packed the Jones AT&T Stadium more than 40 years ago in 1975, bringing together about 30,000 people. Now, Pray Jones at Jones AT&T Stadium is hoping to fill the stadium again with an even bigger turnout of 50,000 people.
This idea has been in the works for over a decade with Pastor Chris Gallanos of Experience Life Church and other organizations like Pray Lubbock.
"About 10 years ago, I had sensed that the Lord had put it on my heart to gather the churches in this town come together at Jones Stadium for a big prayer gathering," Gallanos said. "But I wasn't the first. Even before that, an organization in town called Pray Lubbock had talked about a time coming together at Jones."
Pastors all over Lubbock think now is the best time for this event.
"We're living in a very crazy time period in this world, there's a lot of hatred and a lot of angry people," Senior Pastor at Thrive Family Church Robert Cortez said. "There's crisis all over the world, there are things happening - hurting people, hurting the government, the economy is hurting all over the world so if there was ever time for people to pray it's now."
Pray Jones 2018 will be this Sunday, March 25 - an event with the purpose of bringing people of all denominations together.
"We are coming together as God's people and with one sole purpose to pray," Cortez said, "and to have that spirit of unity among the churches and leaders and just the people of God."
This event is sure to make history and people hope this isn't the last event of its kind.
"The things that we hear people say when we talk to them over and over is please tell me this is just the beginning, please tell me this is just the first of many things we are going to do," Gallanos said, "and that's the plan, we don't know if we are going to do an event like this every year, but we definitely want to continue to unite churches and believers in the city and continue to do kingdom work in the city."
Gallanos and Cortez both advise people planning to attend this event come at 3 p.m. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.
The event will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.