Taking the Limits Off Prayer
Crystal shares about something we were involved in recently as part of the 24-7 Prayer GB family.
As 24-7 Prayer, there are areas we know know God has called us to lead the charge in, new frontiers to pioneer, spaces for us to fill. However, we know we are also called to always have a towel in hand, ready to serve like Jesus so powerfully demonstrated for us in the Gospels.
So when Spring Harvest told us that their focus for 2018 would be on prayer with the theme of ‘Unlimited’ and asked if we would support them through bringing our special 24-7 ‘flavour’ to the mix we were delighted to say yes and come alongside them across all three sites at Minehead, Skegness and Harrogate, serving wherever we were best placed.
As part of the 24-7 Prayer GB family, we at 24-7 Prayer Scotland agreed to cover Harrogate since we were the furthest “north.” 😉
Our responsibilities and involvement were significantly less at Harrogate so only I went down for it. Though I was pleasantly surprised to bump into a number of Scots who had braved the long drive.
I went not knowing what to expect and, if I’m honest, a little skeptical as to how we could give four full days to a focus on prayer in every main session and in most every seminar without there being too much overlap and repetition.
But the team had planned it out beautifully and the breadth and width of prayer that was covered was rich. There were passages of Scripture unpacked in a fresh way leaving me inspired by new revelation and perspective. And it was amazing to see people deeply touched by God, healed emotionally, freed from things like fear and shame, weary souls revived – all through messages on prayer!
This time at Spring Harvest established deeper within me the conviction that teaching on prayer in the Church/Christian community is paramount. I met so many people in my own seminars and throughout the rest of the time there who were active, faithful members of their church, many who had been Christians most of their lives, many who were now in the “golden years” of life, yet who had never experienced real intimacy with God in prayer, or had never prayed aloud, who felt so inadequate that they barely attempted prayer, or had been so disappointed in the waiting or the lack of answers to their prayers that they no longer went deep and personal in prayer for fear of the pain, or they had struggled with guilt and shame around prayer because they felt they hadn’t been faithful in it.
Most of us will struggle with at least some of these things at some point in our walk with Jesus – but so many had lived like this for years!
Oh, the joy of hearing these people share how one truth spoken in a seminar, main session or during the morning Bible teaching had unlocked something for them and now they were experiencing a new freedom, boldness, excitement, expectation, intimacy with God or joy in prayer!
It was also incredibly exciting to see so many respond to God’s call to us as his people to stand in the gap through prayer for the world around us, to awaken and to choose to step out of apathy and commit to intentionality in prayer and intercession.
It is always a deep honour to me to be allowed to serve Jesus’ Church, especially through teaching on prayer, and this time was no different as I was privileged to be part of taking the limits off prayer for people and watching them soar to new heights!
24-7 Prayer seeks to resource the Church in prayer and have developed (and are continuing to develop) a number of quality resources to help groups and individuals pray – from the Inner Room prayer app to Pete Greg’s latest book How to Pray. Check out the 24-7 Prayer website for more information on these resources.
And if you are interested in having someone from 24-7 Prayer Scotland come to your community to teach or speak on prayer, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.