UK Prayer Forum news
Prayer News Update January 2012
‘Arise, shine for your light has come’
An unprecedented year of prayer is starting to emerge as churches, groups and organisations sense that God is asking them to major on prayer this year. Over the New Year period many Christians gathered to pray in watchnight services, went on prayer drives, took part in prayerwalking especially around the Olympic Park Site and put on special prayer events – including a 25 hour vigil to pray for every nation of the world held at Ashburnham Prayer and Conference Centre. Kingdom Come 2012 was launched in a large service at HTB in London www.alpha.org/kingdomcome; www.24-7prayer.co.uk/kingdomcome and churches connected with More than Gold www.morethangold.org.uk and HOPE www.hopeprayer.org.uk have been using resources provided to mobilise prayer.
- Two counties – Cheshire East and North Staffordshire have just launched years of prayer for their regions. ‘The invitation has come from heaven – 24/7/2012. We are saying YES. Will you join in?’ www.arisecheshireeast.org.uk; www.whynotprayforachange.co.uk
- Prayerworks is a new initiative, just launched, by London Institute of Contemporary Christianity (LICC). It starts 1st Feb with a 40 day journey of prayer for work, using blessing as a pathway for prayer www.licc.org.uk/prayerworks
‘Pray local, link national’ enables people to gather for prayer where they live and work but at the same time be part of national initiatives. However on 26 May at Leyton Orient Stadium East London www.londonsburning2012.org.uk and on 29 September at Wembley Stadium www.gdoplondon.com – there is the opportunity to join large events.
If you are involved in a regional/countywide/town/village wide prayer initiative this year – do let us know. Full details of 2012 prayer events are being listed on www.prayerforum.org as they become known.
A time to Shine – a call to pray for our communities and nations
The More than Gold Get Set Tour will provide an opportunity to get updated about the 70 day cascade of prayer, as well as how to engage in the torch relay, run a community festival, be trained as a games pastor etc. The More than Gold prayer team will be at each one of these and would love to connect. The dates and locations for ‘Get Set’ are February: 4thCrawley, 25thReading, 25thCardiff, March: 3rdStoke ,3rdBath,10thWolverhampton, 10th Central London, 17thGreenwich, 17thGateshead, 24thBarnsley, 24th Weymouth, 31st Bolton, 31st East London, April: 21st Glasgow, 21stStevenage, 28thBelfast, 28thNottingham.
Gather Conference 22-24 Feb 2012, Swanwick (note correct dates) Are you part of a local leadership network praying and working for transformation in your town or city or region?
Following on from Connecting the Connectors, Gather is a new forum to link and encourage those leading local networks all over the UK. The Gather Conference will take the form of a creative mix of teaching, conversation, prayer and worship. For more details and booking form go to www.wegather.co.uk
Carrying His presence in the nation 2012 – 19-21 March Swanwick is the annual World Prayer Centre Conference with an opportunity to hear about & pray for all the prayer and mission planned for 2012 as well as linking with global prayer initiatives. www.worldprayer.org.uk
Global 4/14 Day is Saturday, April 14, 2012 ONE MILLION Christians will be praying
for TWO BILLION children under age 15.These boys and girls represent the largest unreached people group in the world. Two-thirds live outside of Christ. This is an international day of pray and fasting for children ages 4 – 14. All kids in this demographic are known as the “4/14 Window.”. www.Global414Day.com
World Prayer Assembly 14-18 May 2012. Check out the new World Prayer Assembly video “The New Wave is Coming!” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnEL_NAiSR0&feature=youtu.be. For full registration details go to www.wpa2012.org. If you are interested in joining the UK delegation (c16 people) please contact Laurence.firstname.lastname@example.org
The Global Day of Prayer is on Sunday 27th May – and new resources have been provided for 2012. Go to www.globaldayofprayer.co.uk to download the new Prayer Guide and shortened Prayer for the World. Go to www.globaldayofprayer.com for uploading the videos ‘Pray with one Voice’ and ‘A new season’.
Heal our Land – reflections on a corporate prayer journey for the transformation of Stoke-on-Trent by Robert Mountford
If you want encouragement of how God is at work here in the UK then I highly recommend this book. ‘Heal the land is a personal reflection on the corporate journey of humility, repentance and prayer undertaken by Christians from all backgrounds in the opening years of the 21st century. Robert tells the story of how a moment of corporate desperation became an avenue of grace that would impart vision, foster humility, inspire prayer and stimulate faith, so preparing the way for the ‘healing of the land’ of Stoke on Trent.’. Available from www.tentmakerpress.com at a cost of £8.99, post free in the UK.
Jane Holloway – Prayer Forum
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