We are having an exciting time – we are now over 12 hours into a 48 hour prayer season in the Boiler Room. We have revamped a little and as soon as you come in it’s a good space to spend private time with God. One person who prayed in the small hours this morning wrote in the book:
People I needed to pray for came quickly. God’s love touched me afresh.
It is exciting that we are twinning with a Prayer Room in Blantyre, Malawi, and we can pray for countries round the world – I prayed for Argentina as it’s the current Operation World prayer focus. But massive prayer needs have emerged on the doorstep, just as we’re praying.
It’s easy to think: oh, these things can be covered in normal prayer. But in all my recent experiences of 24/7 prayer, EVERY TIME important prayer needs have emerged that need agreed prayer. And each time, there has been more than one person there to meet those needs.
What better and more natural (supernatural?) place to arrive and state a prayer need than a prayer room?! We think that our ordinary spaces are sufficient to encounter God, and to pray on behalf of others. But prayer needs and declarations of what God is calling into existence appear that would not have occurred to me in a different space. THIS is what a prayer space does. It allows God’s agenda to emerge, and God’s heart.
Join us and pray. There are slots still available, especially later tonight/tomorrow morning, and during the day tomorrow. But even if you can’t make it then, this Boiler Room will not shut down after 6pm tomorrow. It is available for visiting and prayer in an ongoing way. If you’re not sure about committing yourself to praying, why not just drop in and visit it, so that you know what you’re letting yourself in for? Message us so we know you’re coming…
When we go out of our way to meet with God, He always goes out of His way to meet with us. He always has! It’s a small thing to do for Him, surely?
PS more photos of prayer walls etc coming on next update!
This is not only a time to pray for Bognor – as we will do as we gather together next Tuesday (notice it’s the 5th July, not the 3rd!) at St. Mary Magdalene Church. It is also a time to pray for the nation, and for the leaders, the government, and for families, for the cohesion of communities.
At a time when the devil would like to see community cohesion fall apart, and all the people in the land who would see good done, riven by opposing ideologies, the Holy Spirit is calling us to stand together, to look to Jesus, and to find the oil of unity.
As churches, if we have been honest with each other, we have probably looked at each other differently over the past few weeks: how can they think that? and still be a Christian? How can you call yourself a follower of Jesus and vote in, OR vote out?!
The Referendum vote has exposed divisions that the last General Election vote did not expose. For myself, I was one of those who was wrestling with both sides quite close to the vote.
What we know is that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus! And we know that we are also free to get it wrong. This is an opportunity for mercy and grace to fall on this land, and to see forgiveness and love triumph over accusation, boasting, violence, abuse and hatred. Let’s pray, as we prepare for the Prayer Concert next week, that the Lord will grow the fruit of the Spirit in us, the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
You may like to use the World Prayer Centre adapted Lord’s Prayer that focuses on the immediate needs for our government, for the country and Europe in the aftermath of the Leave vote, in the lead-up to the Prayer Concert. When you come on Tuesday, come ready to pray in the Spirit and to seek His will for the direction for our prayer.