24/7 Week of Unbroken Prayer at Garnett: We were amazed!
This week Garnett kept 24-hour vigil in response to Jesus question to his disciples, “Can’t you keep watch with me for one hour?” (Matthew 26:40). Today at noon concludes our 24/7 week of unbroken prayer. More than 100 participated and prayed at all hours, filling 168 prayer times through the week. What did this do for the kingdom? The answer is that we discovered prayer is not as much getting our will done in heaven as it is asking for God’s will to be done on earth.
We were praying in the spirit of the Lord’s Prayer: asking forgiveness of our sins as we forgive others; dozens of cards were taped to the wall with prayers of all kinds, a student prayer mural hung on the wall. A boy’s memorial to his two brothers hung on the wall and we shed tears as we prayed for Tyler and boys like him worldwide who need love and hope.
And we kept the candle burning! We were all stretched in prayer—some praying for an hour for the first time in our lives. We listened for God and felt him move in us through the power of the Spirit who promises in Philippians 4:6, “The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
We learned how to move beyond “please God requests” to petitions for God to make justice and love on earth as it is in heaven, to transform us and this city and this world. We moved further into silence and waited and watched, and in the words of Dale Brown, “it was more than prayer requests . . . we were spending time with God.”
Today, we pass the candle on to Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church.
Arnetta Pollard came to pray with her three children who were “drawing their prayers” with crayons. As I walked by the room where Arnetta was praying, I heard her lifting up her church aloud to God. I shed tears listening to Arnetta praying, and I know many of you cried out to God in tears of anguish, with Jesus, over the world. And with Jesus we continue to beg God to bring peace on the earth. One person expressed what so many others of us feel: “24/7 Prayer may be the best thing Garnett has ever participated in . . . this changed my life.”
No missionary movement, nothing great, no revival, nothing bigger than the people praying has ever begun without a movement of prayer. May God continue to teach us to pray and may He raise us up with Christ.