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The Worldwide Missions Movement of 24/7/365 Prayer
Can you imagine an army of intercessors simultaneously praying day and night all over the globe? Somewhere at this very moment, there are countless prayers directed heavenward on behalf of lost people all over the world. Intercessors, young and old, are unleashing the power of prayer in obscure little rooms in Germany, China, the United States, England, Australia, Japan, Kenya – and many other places. They are crying out to God for friends, neighbors, their cities and nations…and for the whole world.
God is doing a wondrous thing that is totally out of control as our limited minds would view it – but which is being fueled effectively and powerfully by the Holy Spirit. Boiler Rooms (prayer rooms) were established in the United Kingdom in 1999. They are springing up all over the world, actively engaging and capturing the hearts of those who are thirsting after more of God. As they pray, the unsaved are coming to Christ, people are being healed, the gospel is reaching the hurting and the poor in meaningful, powerful ways, churches are being planted, and God is receiving glory!
What is 24-7/365 prayer? It is intercession happening 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year in locations all over the globe. A generation of young people in particular is being awakened to pray with more intensity and purpose than ever before. God has put this vision into the hearts of many all over the world. An early precedent for such praying was established by the Moravians in the little village of Herrnhut, a community located where Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic now come together. This 18th century example of prayer offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year lasted for over one hundred years!
Creative intercession is rising out of a deep heartfelt response to our creative God. It is intercession that beats with the heartbeat of the Lord as His children cry out day and night on behalf of the lost. In the midst of intercession, mission is launched. Those who pray begin to hear God urging them to become the answers to their own prayers through such acts as feeding the hungry, reaching out to the brokenhearted, and giving of their time and finances to expand His kingdom! They hear and begin to apply the words of the Lord from Isaiah 58:6-10: "Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and He will say: Here am I. If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday."
Besides the aforementioned Boiler Rooms, another modern-day example, located in Kansas City, is the International House of Prayer. IHOP is set up in two-hour time slots, 24 hours a day. Intercessory worship is going on continuously as an offering to the Lord. Intercessory worship exists when praise and worship are lifted to the Lord in an attitude of prayer. As prayer is offered to the Lord, worship is continually being lifted up. Prayer may be silent or spoken, said individually or in unison, but always based upon the Word of God. It can be meditative or interactive. Often, new songs, inspired simply by the Holy Spirit, are lifted up in a beautifully blended melody of praise. It is the marriage of prayer and worship in one sweet offering to the Lord.
In the book, Red Moon Rising, Peter Greig describes how the 24-7 Prayer emerged in the United Kingdom as an international interdenominational movement. After looking at the example of the Moravians and of the Ancient Celts, "who evangelized Britain more effectively than anyone before or since," six major components began to emerge: prayer, creativity, pilgrimage, mission, justice and community. Peter states, "We believe that it is precisely because Boiler Rooms are prayer houses that they must also, with a certain inevitability, be mission stations, pilgrim hostels, art studios, and centers for community and outreach to the poor." He continues, "Boiler Rooms…are…a place where God can be found. It’s all about intimacy with Him, infection with the Gospel, and increased effectiveness in our Christian lives."
He further states, "Boiler Rooms are also Mission Stations where people gather to train, become infectious in prayer, and get catapulted out, contagious with the Gospel…Boiler Rooms are a context in which we are trying to work out what it means to build a spirituality that is all about the meek, the poor in spirit and those who mourn." They desire to bring about transformation within communities by working with social services, local schools, and even the police to gather prayer needs and then to touch people through acts of compassion and mercy.
"By definition," Peter Greig states, "a Boiler Room is a community on the go every day of the year – not just once a week. People pop in on the way to school. Mothers bring their kids in…while they pray. Students sign up for the night watch. Boiler Rooms unite all sorts of people from different churches and different backgrounds in one prayerful community." "How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity…For there the Lord bestows His blessing" (Psa. 133:1, 3b).
Dear Friends, this may sound like a completely radical idea to many of you; however, can you imagine how it must please the Lord when His people gather together to pray, to worship, and to draw near to Him in close intimacy? Can you imagine places of prayer that launch ministry into your community and beyond? Isn’t it a shame that so many of our churches seem to sit quiet and empty for most of the week when they could be active and alive with the prayers of God’s people. They could be living and breathing places of active ministry, launching pads for missionaries, places of restoration for the hurting, feeding places for the hungry. Pray that the Holy Spirit will ignite a passion for prayer in the midst of your family, and your church. Perhaps He is calling you to participate in this revolutionary, yet essential intercessory worship! Ask the Lord to ignite this passion in your heart! God sends revival in response to the prayers of His people! Could we be on the threshold of such a revival? "Come, Lord Jesus!"