In January, as many people in the small town of Chattanooga, Tenn., began the new year with 21 days of prayer and fasting, pastors were calling around. Did they want to get together to pray? Before long, members of several churches were convening, hundreds strong, for ecumenical prayer gatherings.

"It was so good," said Chad Harris, the pastor at The Crossing Church, which hosted one of the events.

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