Writing on the Wall

The book Red Moon Rising (Pete Greig and Dave Roberts) tells the story of how God put the idea of 24/7 prayer on Pete’s heart and how God led Pete and others to a ministry of prayer around the world. God used this book to implant in me a desire to see our church attempt the 24/7 prayer vigils that we are involved in now. If you haven’t read it, I encourage you to do so; we have a copy in the church library.

At the end of the book, the authors share an anonymous poem that was written on a prayer wall in a prayer room in Chichester, U.K., where the modern day idea of prayer rooms was born. Every time I read this prayer it touches my heart. I hope it will touch your heart too.

what have we begun,

when we pray like this?

What have we done?

Can we ever know—

what seeds we sow

what lights we show

what dreams we throw?

here playing like kids

in danger places

atomic seeds

hidden graces


kingdom come.

what have we begun?

here we see angels,

burning like the sun.

here we juggle destinies

what is this thing we’ve done?

what army gets commissioned

kneeling in this way?

What passion finds expression

when wounded soldiers pray?

are nameless heroes rising?

tomorrow’s chosen ones

carriers of Jesus

what plague have we begun?

What dreamer writes upon the wall?

What wonders hem me in?

When we lit that three-way candle

What fires did we begin?

We started this time of continuous prayer Sunday afternoon at 5:00; it will continue until Sunday afternoon, November 20 at 6:00. You can reserve your hour or more in the prayer room at www.hwchurch.org/prayer/.