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As Christians, we believe that prayer changes things, not least ourselves. It is no just something that Jesus asked us to do, but something that becomes an integral part of who we are.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn June 2014, we had our first very special week of 24/7 of Prayer. We invited people to sign up for one hour in our prayer room where they could encounter God through thinking, listening, creating and communicating in a variety of imaginative ways. The results were far beyond our imaginations.

Over that week more than 40 individuals made use of the space, many visiting multiple times. We had people from Stour Valley Vineyard and the local community signing up for an hour or more with God.

Many people who visited the room would say that they would not normally find praying easy and certainly wouldn’t have thought that they could pray for an hour. But being in that creative environment, the time seemed to fly by and they were able to engage deeply with God. Here are some comments that people made:

 “I would usually go to God with a list of requests, but in the prayer room I just sat still and listened and poured out my heart to Him. I had been suffering with a pain in my leg for some weeks before and I realised that, when my hour had finished, the pain had gone.”

“I walked into the room and was so overwhelmed with God’s presence in there that I just wept.”

Since our first prayer week in 2014, we have held weeks of prayer to encourage us all to stop and take time out of our busy lives to reflect and listen. And the numbers have continued to grow!  

In a world where it seems almost impossible to get off the merry-go-round that life can become, we are discovering this to be a profoundly important way of providing the opportunity to do just that: to stop and be still in God’s presence. It is remarkable how this simple act can make room for us to engage with God and to allow Him to bring us hope and healing.

Before booking your hour please take a few moments to read the health and safety guidlines for using the prayer room.
 

What is 24-7 Prayer?

Prayer room 1In 1999 a single, unsuspecting prayer room in England began to spontaneously multiply, touching 46 nations and millions of lives within a matter of months growing to become an international, interdenominational movement of prayer, mission and justice.

Every minute since that moment has been filled with unbroken (24-7) prayer, everywhere from the U S Naval Academy and the slums of Delhi to a Swiss skate park and a German punk festival.

This movement of prayer is generating miracles, new monasteries and missions deep into the heart of the postmodern culture.

If you would like to find out more about the movement you can visit the 24-7 webpage, alternatively you can pick up the books ‘Red Moon Rising’ and ‘God on Mute’ by Peter Grieg from the Welcome Desk on a Sunday Morning.

 

prayer room 2The Vision

Many people talk to God from time to time, whether that is a cry for help, a shout of anger and accusation, or a continual conversation throughout life.

It says in the Bible that God never sleeps, so we can take from that that he is always awake and listening to us, His creation. God’s desire is that we don’t just talk to Him but that we know Him. The only real way to get to know somebody is to spend time with them. So the aim of the prayer room is for us to have a place where we can go and spend time getting to know God better.

We all have different ways of communicating: we can talk, listen, sing, draw, paint, express our feelings through music, silence, etc. The prayer room is a creative space to allow us to interact with God in a variety of ways. There will be information and stimulus to help engage, not just the mind, but the senses too.

God bless,

The 24-7 Prayer Team

 

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