24-7 Prayer

By far, one of the coolest things we will have done as a church this year was to spend a week in unbroken prayer; 168 hours straight through – people praying in our Prayer Room.  Sometimes individuals prayed.  Sometimes it was entire small groups.  Sometimes it was a husband and wife, or close friends.  Our Prayer Team was concerned at first with how we would fill all the hour-long slots.  We didn’t need to worry.  Not only did we fill the entire week, we extended it another couple of days.  Listen to what some of our people said:

“I can’t believe how quick the hour went.”

“It was impactful.  Each station helped me to reflect, meditate, and lift up petitions to God…”

“If I would have known it would be like this, I would have come earlier in the week.”

Unfortunately, praying for a solid week seems like a stretch for a 21st century church.  Evidently not the case for the early church.  “They all joined together constantly in prayer” (Acts 1:14).  “They devoted themselves to…prayer” (Acts 2:42).  “They raised their voices together in prayer to God” (Acts 4:24).  I can’t think of too many qualities I would rather have my church known for than to be a praying church.  Instead of being known as “the church with the nice building” or whatever we’re known for, wouldn’t it be something if people said, “Oh yeah, you’re the ones who ‘pray continually'” (1 thessalonians 5:17).

This past Sunday, we passed the Prayer Flame to Iglesia Eficaz.  I have to say that I was disappointed it was over.  There was something powerful and at the same time humbling knowing that there were ongoing conversations with God in that place.  At the same time it was a little inconvenient having my personal “prayer closet” tied up with other people all week.  My hope is that individual prayer lives were jump-started and as a church, we stepped further and deeper into the presence of God.  If you want to hear more about other churches in the Tulsa area connecting their weeks of unbroken prayer for the entire year, go to www.tulsaprayer.com.

“Nothing significant happens in God’s kingdom without the faithful prayer of his people.”

2 Comments so far

  1. Greg on February 5th, 2007

    Just read a great article in February 2007 edition of The Community Spirit on the Tulsa Prayer Movement.

  2. Debbie King on February 13th, 2007

    I read that article too and was very proud to have “my” pastor quoted in it. I think it should be an annual event for Cedar Ridge! How awesome would that be?!!!!

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