Arnold and Gertrude Prayer Cards

“24/7 Prayer is an international, interdenominational movement of prayer, mission and justice; a non-stop prayer meeting that has continued for every minute of this century so far, in over half the countries on Earth” – www.24-7prayer.com/about

The National Weekend of Prayer, this year fell on the 29th September – 1st October. As a church, we decided to join in this national event by hosting our very own 24 hours of non-stop prayer. From 5pm on Friday to 5pm on Saturday, members of our congregation took hour long slots and prayed for our community and world.

List of road names

In the weeks leading up to the event, members of the congregation had delivered flyer all across our community – to shop owners, doctors, neighbours, friends, anyone we could!

These flyers gave members of the community the chance to let us know about the things that they specifically wanted prayers for. We received a fair number of these back which helped lead us in our prayers throughout the 24 hours.

For some strange reason, Robin and Jenny got to pick which hours we would do and they chose the 3am – 5am slots as well as returning at 8am – 10am for Messy Café’s

slot! Now, I’m not usually allowed to go out that late so I was very excited as Robin, Jenny, my friend Gertrude and I gathered in the church at 3am, ready to pray.

We began our session by exploring a prayer station that had been completed by a previous group – “pray it with flowers”, but I’m not giving any more spoilers because I loved it so much that it gets its very own blog post coming soon!

Arnold and Gertrude on the CD player

We then put on a musical soaking compilation that Robin had put together, including some fantastic music. He introduced me to a brilliant new song called “Let your people go” by Matt Redman, which I would definitely recommend you listen to.

Whilst this was playing, me and Gertrude read through each of the prayer cards that had been given in by members of the community with their prayer requests, lifting each of them to God individually. We then chose about 5 different roads from a list of all the roads in our parish and prayed for them, for the people living there and for all the situations that may be happening there.

By this point we were getting a little sleepy so were very grateful that Jenny had brought along a wonderful fluffy blanket and cushion for us to snuggle in to. We then spent the remainder of our time wrapped up and cosy, reflecting upon the music we were listening to, occasionally joining in with the words and simply talking and listening to God. Soon enough (and it

felt much shorter than 2 hours!), it reached 5am and the next group of people arrived, ready to take over the next session and we went home to bed.

church set-up

Skip forward 3 hours and we were back again, ready for Messy Café where we explored how we can make God the centre of our lives through prayer, but again, you’ll have to wait a little longer to hear all about the prayer activity we did because otherwise this blog post would simply explode with such an overload of excitement – and we wouldn’t want that!

 

Many other members of the congregation took slots over the 24 hours, praying in a huge range of different ways for lots of different things. This was a fantastic event to be part of and a wonderful chance to reflect and pray in any way we chose to, I definitely hope we can do it again next year – maybe 48 hours next time???

 

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