Intercessors Respond to Call for 24/7 Prayer
The Brethren in Christ Church experienced a spiritual “power surge” as 80 intercessors mobilized for round-the-clock prayer during the Week of Prayer and Fasting, January 1-8. At least three congregations – Grantham ( Grantham, PA), The Net ( Bedford, PA), and Mount Rock ( Shippensburg, PA) – encouraged members to sign up for hourly intervals in order to cover each day with continual prayer. Other intercessors went to the denomination’s website to claim a spot on the 24/7 prayer schedule.
Although not every hour of the week was spoken for, 75 percent of the designated time span was covered by the prayers of at least one person. According to Moderator Warren Hoffman, this year’s band of dedicated intercessors prayed for a total of 351 hours, or the equivalent of two full weeks of continuous prayer.
Initially the idea of 24/7 prayer was limited to the annual week of prayer and fasting within the BIC Church. More recently, individuals have been encouraged to pray 24/7 year-round, with a schedule for ongoing 24/7 prayer posted on the BIC website. Interested persons can claim a spot on the prayer chart by emailing a preferred time slot to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, congregations and/or other groups are encouraged to commit to praying around the clock for a week. As Moderator Warren Hoffman explains, “Our goal is that all 52 weeks of the year will be covered by prayer – that we will experience a continuous flow of intercession, 24/7/365!”
A printable form is available to help churches coordinate prayer slots for a week.