I saw jets of light shining from cities and villages, and from the high places and the low places of the earth. God's word was obeyed, and as a result there were memorials for Him in every city and village. His truth was proclaimed throughout the world. --Testimonies, vol. 9, pp. 28, 29. {ChS 112.2}

Friday, June 05, 2009

52 Days of Prayer in Victoria

(The following report comes from the Canadian Christianity newspaper site and is about a 52-day prayer rally in the city of Victoria on Vancouver Island, Canada)

52 Days: time well spent with God

By Gary Bennett

SINCE Good Friday, April 10, 35 churches throughout the Greater Victoria area have been joining together in a coordinated effort to cover the city with prayer – 24 hours a day, for 52 consecutive days leading up to Pentecost Sunday. Reports documenting the impact of this year’s ‘52 Days of Prayer’ initiative are now starting to come in.

Congregations were encouraged by ‘Passing the Torch’ – ceremonies in which a symbolic electronic device was passed from one church to another.

Most participating congregations established a prayer room in their facility, to be used exclusively by people wanting to come night or day to pray.

A father of young children, who came for prayer early one morning, exclaimed: “I haven’t been able to pray like this for years! To have one hour of uninterrupted time with the Lord was incredible.”

A middle-aged business man reported:
“I could have stayed home and prayed, but usually the phone rings, or the dog jumps into my lap and I’m distracted. Having a place to get alone with God was a huge blessing.”

A married couple spent an hour praying togethe
r on their wedding anniversary.

Leaders from the various churches participating have been greatly encouraged. Jacquie Patrick, of the Victoria Citadel of the Salvation Army, reported:

“There has been a beautiful movement of the Spirit amongst the people in the Salvation Army. [Many] have made recommitments to the Lord, and there is a spirit of loving and care developing. People are looking forward to the celebration gatherings, just to be together again to worship.”

Lambrick Park Church covered the week of April 12 – 19. The experience went so well that they decided to ride the momentum. They continued keeping the prayer room open one day per week; they hope to expand to more days.

Cathy Clarke reported that Lambrick’s involvement this year far surpassed last year’s experience. She cited the critical involvement of leadership, both in promoting and extensively participating in the prayer process.

“This 52 days of prayer is such a wonderful step
in the right direction of city-wide church unity; so please receive our heartfelt gratitude.” Continue here

1 comment:

  1. 52 days is a great start!!! Now let us go for 52 weeks a year, every year! Prayer is such a vital part of living for Christ.