Scotland has an ancient history of gathering. Pausing from work, from the every day and coming together to celebrate, to mourn, to tell stories, to feast, to sing, to dance; and in some types of gatherings, to pray.
This gathering is part of every culture’s history, but it is a tradition that is particularly dear to the heart of the Celt.
On Saturday, 24th February 24-7 Prayer Scotland is hosting a Gathering. It’s nothing terribly new but in years past they have been called “Network Days” or “Resource Days” and we felt those names didn’t capture the heart of these special annual times together.
So 2018 is the start of the annual “24-7 Prayer Scotland Gathering” and we are greatly expectant of God as we listen to His heart for this day together.
There have been some fantastic stories leaking out across Scotland – from the Borders to the Islands – of God stirring hearts in prayer and increasing hunger for His presence.
Quite a number of prayer weeks, prayer rooms, prayer weekends and prayer events happened across Scotland in 2017. There were increased opportunities for us as 24-7 Prayer Scotland to bring teaching and inspiration around prayer.And the prayer initiative Thy Kingdom Come saw a good amount of Scottish churches engage in prayer across Pentecost.
Just in this month of January, we have seen 5 locations running 24-7 Prayer Weeks with at least two of those prayer weeks involving several churches across the city!
And all of this is only what we know for certain because the prayer rooms and events have been registered or we have been in direct communication. There have been many more prayer weeks and events that haven’t been registered or in direct communication but we have heard snippets of exciting stories from those who just happened to be there at the time.
As we enter into this new year and pray into February’s Scotland Gathering, the word that is impressed on our hearts is the word ‘Awake.‘ And the sense we have is the same as when you see the first snow drops bravely show themselves above ground, or that sense that comes when you are awake early enough to catch the unique light of the dawn of a new day.
We are excited to be partnering with God at this time in our beautiful nation of Scotland and are excited to gather with all of you in February, to hear your stories and to celebrate together, to sing and to feast together, to pray and dream and listen to God for our nation together.
We are also really chuffed to have 24-7 Prayer GB’s director Carla Harding and Prayer Spaces in Schools’ Phil Togwell gathering with us. They will be sharing exciting things that God is doing farther afield but they are most looking forward to just simply being with us all.
We really hope you can be a part of it. We recognise it will be more of a sacrifice and a journey for some more than others but we believe you’ll find it worth it.
For more details and to book your place, go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/24-7-scotland-gathering
** Register and book your ticket soon as we are limited in numbers.