The Power of Praying 24/7

In 1722 a rag tag band of several hundred young people gathered on the estate of a wealthy count by the name of Zinzendorf. Five years later, God showed up, and they began to pray. They prayed in strange and creative ways, but they prayed. They prayed 2417. Their prayer led to compassion for the poor and those who had never heard of Jesus. Their prayer meeting went on for 125 years without ceasing-the longest prayer meeting in history. —from the Forward of Red Moon Rising

This Sunday, as we enter into another three-week, 24/7 prayer vigil event, we are joining our prayers with people through the ages who have seen the power in setting aside extended time for prayer. We are not planning to pray for 125 years—perhaps we should—but we are planning to pray every hour from October 30, 5:00 pm to November 20, 6:00 pm: 505 hours of continual prayer.

Why are we doing this? What’s the point? What’s the purpose? There are numerous reasons.

  1. We want to encourage our congregation to pray more than we normally do.
  2. We want to focus our attention—individually and corporately—on God and we believe that prayer is the most foundational means of doing this.
  3. We want to develop an identity as a church that takes prayer so seriously that we willingly sacrifice ourselves to pray.
  4. We want to be more unified as a body of believers and we believe that prayer is the primary means of making this happen.
  5. We want God to do something miraculous in our church, our town and all of the towns where we live and work, and we are convinced that extended times of prayer make us better prepared to receive all that God wants to give and do.

The prayer event starts this Sunday, October 30 at 5:00 pm. If you would like for God to do something miraculous among us, this is an opportunity for you help us all prepare for whatever God desires to do. Sign up now for your hour in the prayer room: http://www.hwcmissions.org/prayer.htm