Great Plains Daily Devotional for 10/15/2022

Today please be in prayer for

Leawood: UM Church of the Resurrection
Kansas City District
Leawood: UM Church of the Resurrection
Kansas City District
Leawood: UM Church of the Resurrection
Kansas City District
Leawood: UM Church of the Resurrection
Kansas City District

24/7 prayer

Rev. Steve Wild explains some of the background to 24/7 and how you might go about organizing such an event in your church.

The 24/7 prayer movement began in England in 1999 with a group of young people who felt that they should try to pray non-stop for a month. From this beginning, the prayer meeting has become a chain of non-stop prayer meetings spreading through British churches and into other parts of the world.

24/7 prayer works through a network of prayer rooms where groups have pledged to pray 24 hours a day for a week or more. They then keep the flame of prayer alight for that period. The prayer passes from location to location. This is linked up on the Internet so that groups can find out where other people are praying that day.

People learn to pray by praying. People involved in 24/7 are not experts and often find prayer a struggle. These opportunities for prayer can be an important part of a person's faith journey.

A church could set up a 24/7 prayer event like this: choose a 'Prayer Room', label the door and equip the room for non-verbal prayer with paint, paper, card, crayons, clay, other creative items and a graffiti wall. Other useful items include: a globe, night-lights, candles (these to be used with supervision and a fire extinguisher available), a cross, photographs or newspaper cuttings. Lighting is important - small table lamps with coloured shades make a relaxed atmosphere, as do bean bags and comfortable arm chairs.

Register the 24/7 prayer event through www.24-7prayer.com. As the date to begin approaches, a member of the 24/7 prayer support team will contact you by email or phone to check that everything is running smoothly. She or he will also pray for your venture. A Prayer Room shared by all the church provides a strong sense of being part of a community carrying each others' burdens, celebrating the breakthroughs together and ministering to one another. It could be said that 24/7 is not a radical discovery but is the oldest, simplest idea there is. that we were made to walk in intimate friendship with God.

Young people today are as likely to turn up at a prayer meeting at 3am as at 7.30pm! 24/7 captures the imagination. There is something about this extreme challenge. It is exciting to be with God for a whole hour - especially in the middle of the night. People may paint a prayer, work with clay or write a poem. Being creative makes prayer easier for many people. Out of this has grown the idea of teams of young and older people holding 24/7 prayer missions at seaside resorts, college/ university campuses, or at events like the Glastonbury Festival and abroad in places like Ibiza. 

Read more here.
*Used with permission from our friends at The Methodist Church UK



 

 

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