24-7 Prayer

We feel God is leading us to start praying 24-7 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). We will begin this exciting prayer adventure with praying 24-7 from 20th-26th June 2021, joining with other churches around the world. To find out more, check out our blog. If you would like to be involved, you can sign up for a prayer slot here.

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Over the past year and more God seems to have been moving us more and more to prayer and opening up all kinds of opportunities we would probably never have thought of before the onset of the pandemic. We have now held several 24-hour prayer days, and several weeks of prayer, hosted on Zoom – we now believe God is leading us to develop these initiatives further.

The 24-7 Prayer movement (https://www.24-7prayer.com) has grown massively since it started in 1999. The basic concept involves establishing prayer rooms that are open for prayer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 52 weeks in every year. People sign up to come and pray for a- hour or half-an-hour at a time, so that prayer is continuous, and each day is spent in seeking God. With the start of COVID-19 last year, 24-7 has adapted to the ongoing situation and has moved online. So virtual ‘prayer rooms’ have become widely used while restrictions remain in place, and this is how we feel God has been speaking to us in HBC.

A prime aim is for us to learn to listen to God, rather than just coming to Him with our lists of needs (which can be quite long, even if petition does form an important part of our time together). If we are always highly organised and conscious of the time, do we really give the Holy Spirit room to speak to us? Are we too afraid of silence – or of allowing prayer to go on for longer than we had planned? How do we start to learn more about being completely natural and relaxed in the time we spend with our Father and for this to be a two-way communication, rather than a series of monologues or ‘shopping lists’?

Some of the places that have established 24-7 prayer rooms have done so because of specific needs or concerns within their community. This must be an important aspect of our own thinking and can surely be related to the 1827 vision, that of concern for the area of NW London in which God has placed us – an area with strong international links. Perhaps we need look no further than the current state of our country and the ongoing erosion of Christian values we see around us every day. But we are also very aware of the wider needs of our country and our world:

  • increased use of foodbanks and the economic fallout from the pandemic
  • COVID-19 is still having a devastating effect in many countries
  • the fragile ceasefire in Israel
  • Christians are suffering real persecution in many countries.

We need to ask God to open our eyes to the needs of the world around us and to show us how He wants us to show the love of Jesus Christ in ways that are real and of lasting value. And this is why we are coming together for 24-7 prayer, trusting that God will lead us and inspire us to do His will, where we are and beyond.   

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