What would you do if you were woken up at 1 am and heard God tell you to, “Call the Nation to Prayer!”?
In June 2015 this was the experience of an Englishman, Peter Hill, now living in Canada, but who 44 years earlier in London during the Charismatic Revival had been responsible for founding the Nationwide Festival of Light, where tens of thousands of Christians gathered and marched in our Capital.
A Call to Prayer for a nation historically comes out of a national crisis. Are we already moving into one, or is there something dramatic and specific yet to come? The Church in this Nation must become ready, fully networked, praying & working together in preparation for such a Call.
This is not just a call for The Church, for those who are Christians, but one for EVERY SINGLE PERSON in England and maybe the entire United Kingdom!
As some of you will know, Peter Hill came to England in September and visited Chelmsford. He spoke passionately to about thirty people at the Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer Support Meeting about this exciting Vision.
As a result of his visit to England a website has been launched and David Gilbey, Leader of Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer, in partnership with Peter, as one of the initial responses to this, is currently taking steps to connect with prayer groups and organisations in the East Anglia area.
Check out the website ctntp.uk for more, and please pray for guidance as this Vision unfolds.
National Prayer Weekend - update
Friday 23 to Sunday 25 September, we joined with Christians all around the United Kingdom to pray for our communities.
We filled 71 out of 72 hours with prayer in one hour slots and 42 people came out to 4 prayer walks in the City Centre, Melbourne and Great Baddow.
Thank you all so much for contributing to the success of the Weekend.
Following on from our Walks in September during the National Prayer Weekend, we will gradually be introducing Prayer Walking as a regular part of the day to day business of Chelmsford 24-7.
Regular Prayer walks will commence from December. There are currently two planned:
Saturday 3rd December - City Centre
Meet 10am at Cables House, next to Life Church. After initial prayer we will set out and return there around 11.30am.
Thursday 8th December - Melbourne Estate
Meet 10am at Chelmsford Community Church, Trent Road. After initial prayer we will set out and return there around 11.30am.
Please simply turn up!
We are also presently looking to partner with and compliment the work of other Christian groups in the City with regards to Prayer Walking, and are currently in the early stages of contact with the Street Pastors in the City and with the Chaplaincy at Broomfield Hospital.
At this stage please pray for wisdom and guidance as this progresses We will keep you updated..
Please pass copies on. If you are able to arrange it to be reproduced in your church or organisation newsletter, that would be really good too.
Prayer Magazine - November/December edition now out
Prayer Magazine is the UK's only publication dedicated to Prayer. Let's pray together for a transformation of our Nation.
For sale at our Prayer Spaces at a reduction from the cover price and also by personal subscription, we urge you to get a copy this new magazine which will keep you informed as to what is happening around the Nation.
Farleigh Hospice has teamed up with local churches to try and tackle one of life’s taboos – talking about death.
Working in partnership with the Church of England and the United Reformed Church in Chelmsford to host some Gravetalk sessions in the city over the next few months.
The first of these is scheduled to take place on Thursday 10th November from 6.15pm to 7.30 pm at The Secret Garden in Writtle Road, Chelmsford.
What exactly is “Gravetalk”? It’s a Church of England initiative to encourage conversations about issues relating to life and death, living and dying and takes the form of an open discussion usually over a cup of coffee and cake – and there will certainly be a good portion of both at the first session.
Please prayer over this initiative, that although not an evangelistic event, that those who attend might find themselves asking questions about the Christian faith and ultimately might find the peace and answers that only Jesus can bring.
Came for food, got Jesus - thoughts from Leader David Gilbey
When we pray for our Nation, our City, our communities, our family and friends, when we speak out blessings and Scripture over them, what do we actually achieve?
What I mean is, when we don't immediately see anything tangible happen, how do we know that God has heard and is acting on what we are saying?
Well, of course there's plenty you can take from the Bible on the subject that will assure us that He always hears and he does act.
One of my favourite examples are the prayers of Daniel, in Chapters 9 and 10, where his first prayer is answered whilst he is still saying it, about 3 minutes flat! Angel Gabriel shows up and says to him, "As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you..." and Gabriel gave him a prophetic word in answer.
The second prayer however took about 3 weeks to receive a response, but this time, when he appeared, Gabriel indicated that a 'battle' had to take place in the spiritual realm before a response could be given. He told Daniel that a demonic force had resisted and detained him for all that time and he had even had to get help from Angel Michael!.
Chelmsford 24-7 joined with those who were already praying here and has catalysed a greater degree of prayer over Chelmsford for more than 18 months now, and there is little doubt that a battle has been raging.throughout. The enemy does not want to give up our City! But it is sliding from his grasp. 'Every prayer a powerful weapon, strongholds come tumbling down, and down, and down', are the words of a Chorus we used to sing.
As I find myself drawn into a new Vision, to Call the Nation to Prayer, not just for those who are presently Christians, but for EVERYONE to cry out to God for deliverance and salvation, sometimes I am seeing glimpses of how ready people out there really are. I am certain that our prayers have seeded and softened hearts and minds ready for the soon to come 'end-time' harvest.
In September, I had just finished setting up our Prayer Space at North Avenue United Reformed Church in Melbourne. It was not quite opening time and it was a lovely day, so I stood outside in the car park. Three ladies arrived, and called over to me, "Where do we go?".
I told them, "Community Cafe and Food Bank that way", indicating the main church building, "or if you want to pray, it's this way"!
They had come to the Food Bank, but their immediate response was that they definitely needed some prayer and within a few minutes were sitting in the Prayer Space in the Youth Centre, next to our Golden Bowl (prayer station for physical healing) and Bowl of water with stones (for repentance).
They all seemed quite forlorn. One spoke of having 'demons', and awful things happening at home. Another of a serious physical illness, which could lead to her premature death, brought on by previous drug abuse.
I ascertained that parents or other relatives were probably Christians and that the three had a long time previously been to a church - although they didn't know what a 'URC' was, asking if it was 'Christian'!
It was then, as they sat there, that I felt I should tell them the story of the Prodigal Son, in the context of 'The Loving Father'. I told each of them how God loved them so much and how he was waiting, longing for them to come back to Him.
Tears were shed, prayers for healing were written and stones for forgiveness were placed in the other bowl.
A heaven touching earth moment occurred.
I'm sure too prayers previously said over them, perhaps by relatives, by people praying over their community, were there and then answered. More seeds too at that moment were sown for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
It was like the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. She came for water and met Jesus, the living water. These women came for food but they too had a meeting with Jesus. I pray they will never be the same.
Keep praying, praying hard, pray without ceasing that all the people of our City will have similar meetings with the Saviour, that as yet they do not know they have.
Bless you all
Can you help?
As you may know, the work of Chelmsford 24-7 relies on your donations. We receive a few regular donations by bank standing order, as well as many 'one-off' gifts, frequently via the donation box in our Prayer Spaces.
Income is so far a little down this year order to continue what we are doing and be ready for potential expansion on the future, we would like to encourage more regular giving. Even £5 a month is really helpful.