Praying on the Mountain: May 5

Fred Lunsford, a 95 year old retired pastor and Director of Missions from the far western mountains of NC has initiated a day of prayer on May 5th. Fred fought in WWII, stormed Normandy and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He came home from the war and has been preaching the gospel for 70 years. He has a tremendous burden for prayer and for our nation and has a place on top of a mountain where he goes regularly to pray. 

 Fred originally initiated a day of prayer for May 5 for 100 pastors to join him on the mountain to pray. Instead of 100, God raised up 200 pastors who had already registered to come to the mountain when all the restrictions related to the COVID-19 prevented such gatherings. So the actual gathering on the Mountain had to be postponed. 

 As a result, God gave Fred Lunsford and other pastors/leaders who are helping him (e. g. Greg Mathis, David Horton, Don Wilton, Ralph Sexton, etc.) an even greater vision. Fred is still going on the mountain to pray on May 5th–but now is praying that God will raise up Christians to join him from their place of prayer wherever they live. The goal is to have thousands of Christians praying and fasting on May 5th. Nearly 17,000 people registered in the first three days after the registration link was posted. As of April 23, over 87,000 have signed up to participate. God must be up to something!  

Christians are being asked to pray for two things–1) For the Lord to heal our land spiritually through revival and spiritual awakening and; 2) for the Lord to heal our land physically.

Participants can register to pray and view a brief video interview Fred Lunsford had with Greg Mathis, pastor of Mud Creek Baptist Church in Hendersonville North Carolina at There’s also a place on the link where you can register the number of believers that you have recruited that have committed to pray. 

Below are several details related to the Praying on the Mountain call to prayer that you may be interested in:

·       At 1:05 PM (EST) on Tuesday, May 5th, the local radio station WKRK 105.5 FM / 1320 AM in Murphy, NC will broadcast Fred Lunsford praying on the Mountain via the internet and on Facebook.

·       At 3:00 PM (EST) on Tuesday May 5th, Ronnie Floyd, president and CEO of the SBC Executive Committee, will host an online call and prayer time at SBC.NET/PRAY with Fred Lunsford, Greg Mathis, David Horton and others highlighting God’s activity with the Praying on the Mountain call to Prayer.

·       Download a free PRAYER GUIDE FOR REVIVAL AND SPIRITUAL AWAKENING for use on Tuesday May, 5.

·       A 30 Minute free and downloadable Praying on the Mountain Documentary that highlights Fred Lunsford’s journey with the Lord and some of the events associated with this movement of prayer will be available at the week of  May 17, 2020.

Please share this invitation with others. God has gripped Fred Lunsford’s heart and is greatly using him to challenge others to seek the Lord for spiritual awakening. It is amazing how people are beginning to be drawn to the Lord and cry out to Him in prayer. We all know that these are pivotal days. May we respond to what I believe is God’s kairos time to seek Him, while He may be found (Isaiah 55:6) with His promise from of 2 Chronicles 7:14 in mind, “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 I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land.” May we unite and cry out to the Lord with our whole heart for His mercy and grace through revival and spiritual awakening (Jer. 29:13; Psalm 147:11).

J. Chris Schofield, Ph. D.
Director, Office of Prayer
Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
205  Convention Drive
Cary, NC 27511
1.800.395.5102 ext. 5514