Grieg’s book blew my mind regarding the potential of intercessory prayer in working with God to move His kingdom forward and seemed to be the next stage in a personal three-year journey with Him deeper into more radical forms of prayer.
Grieg is one of a small team of people used mightily by God in the late nineties and early 2000s to set up a radical network of young intercessors which became known as the 24/7 network. Their speciality was setting up local prayer rooms and then having seasons of constant prayer in these spaces. Grieg was inspired by a German-Moravian prayer movement of the 18th century but his 21st century network quickly spread all over Europe and into Australia and South America.
By possible God-incidence, I started the book at the beginning of a week that was scheduled to end with me preaching on Luke 18 and Jesus’s 11th hour teaching to his disciples on prayer – in particular, being persistent and God-dependent in our approach. Grieg’s book drew me to the beginning of Isaiah 62, particularly verses 6-7 where the writer talks about “posting watchmen on the walls”, who will give themselves or God “no rest” until He establishes “Jerusalem” and “her salvation” shines out “like a burning torch”. (This led me to Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower” and, I thought, a good excuse to play the Nobel Prize winner over the church sound system!)
So, what with Grieg, Luke, Isaiah and Dylan all competing for my attention, I was a little overwhelmed with material for my sermon and apologies if I went on a bit (again!), but I felt inspired with a specific message to give to Wrangthorn.
In particular, I wanted to talk about what it might look like to cover a church week with a more comprehensive timetable of intercession and I to encourage people to engage in what already existed as well as think about committing to some new weekly slots - all in our ‘Prayer Room’, that is Room 2 upstairs in the hall.
These could be as follows:
- Monday – 8 to 8.30am.
- Tuesday – 8 to 8.30am.
- Wednesday – Morning Prayer at 10am.
- Thursday – as Monday, although I have now had an offer.
- Friday – 8 to 9am.
- Sunday – praying for the day’s services at 9.30am.
If this interests you and you’d like to chat more about what this might involve, please send me an email to: email@example.com