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Friday, 22 April 2011

24-7 Prayer Room

This week I have been involved in a 24-7 prayer room, setting up some of the stations and doing some kids activities. It has been really interesting to be part of. At least 5 churches came together to organise it and several more have sent people along to pray as well as independant people who have come of their own choice. It has been such a blessing! So many people have met with God there this week. People have wept, prayed, worshipped, sang, got creative, tried things for the first time... and the best thing for me has been the unity. It has been great to see people who don't know each other, from different churches coming together in their joint love of Christ.
 I love this picture, from a station where you tie knots in a piece of string to represent things that get in the way of your relationship with God, then you tie it to the cross. Then you take a new piece of string home with you to remind you, you are renewed in Christ. I have tied mine to my wrist as a permanent reminder! Although it has fallen off several times, not sure what that says about my faith... ;)



I set up a few stations for the praise and worship area, with a vintage theme (so they basically represented half my house...) which had the obligatory bunting included...

And we have got through at least 60 bunting flags, I have had to restock the bowl twice!






Our Tree of Hearts: The text reads:

Praise the Lord for his wonderful deeds, let your heart leap for joy, Praise him in your heart…



The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7

I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. Psalm 9:1


My eyes have been opened to so may things in this room. My favourite station was 'Have tea with Jesus', where you sit at a table and imagine what you would say if you were having tea with Jesus. It is set up with mugs and all! And on the table is a copy of the book 'Dinner with a Perfect Stranger' where the main character gets invited to dinner with someone proffessing to be Jesus. I only got to chapter 2 so not sure if he actually was, but it certainly made me think...


I found myself wishing there was somewhere one could go to like this, 24/7 all year round. (And before anyone says go to your local church, ours is not open all the time!) There was just an amazing air of calm and peace in the room, and none of the distractions of home. I wanted to stay all day, it was just so easy to pray in there!

4 comments:

Perpetua said...

That sounda like a very worthwhile use of your time, Red, and I'm glad so got so much out of it yourself.

Alan Crawley said...

Obviously not a girl guide - or not a very good one - or didn't you do knots? ;)

PS - the verification was troof (I'm from Essex you know!)

Thecurateswife said...

This sounds a brilliant set up - I love the idea of 'Have tea with Jesus'. It's like a breathe of fresh when there is some creative thinking in churches.

Emma said...

Some brilliant suggestions - thanks for sharing!