Clare Goes to the Gathering
“As with many others, it started by reading a book, by hearing someone else’s story.
I’m new to 24-7 (but not to prayer!) and came to the 24-7 Prayer Scotland Gathering on the 24th February not knowing anyone……but I did!
The day was one of reconnecting. I met two people who had past links with me and each shared their story and what was on their heart. It was a privilege to hear what God had done and was doing in their lives.
This theme of stories and connections ran through the whole day. Prayer has united churches. People hungry for God to move among our communities have gathered together to pray and to serve those around them whether it be coastal towns, rural towns, in cities or in other countries!
The picture that had the biggest impact on me was of a young lad in Spain who attends a school for troubled teenage boys. He was kneeling in front of a picture of a cross in a Prayer Space. It resonated with me because I struggled as a teenager and was very aware of my guilt and shame. The opportunity that this teenager had to encounter the forgiveness and acceptance of Jesus is such a wonderful thing. I hadn’t come to the Gathering to learn about Prayer Spaces in Schools but that burden to pray for these places, where young people can encounter the presence of God and the truth of how valued they are and have hope restored to them has stayed with me.
I loved hearing that God’s presence is reaching those who need Him through prayer spaces/rooms in various communities.
The encouragement to pray and keep praying was helpful; I keep returning to Carla’s Trumpet and Torch analogy from Gideon. To be aware, keep praying and be bold in sharing the hope which we have in Christ Jesus.
The hospitality was wonderful, the presence of the Spirit was a joy (thank you worship team for leading us into that place) and it was a blessing to be with welcoming people who are expectant and hungry for our generous, loving Heavenly Father to reveal Himself more in Scotland.
Thank you for organising it 24-7 Scotland team!
Yet another Ulster export to Scotland, Clare has ministered to children in various guises, within and outwith church, all her Christian life. She currently finds herself as part of a family who fosters and resides in a friendly coastal town in Fife. Loves ANYTHING that involves being outside!