Saturday, April 5, 2014

TWENTY-FOUR HOUR PRAYER VIGIL


We had our second 24 hour Prayer Vigil on Friday at the church we attend.  Over the past couple of weeks there has been a poster board to sign up on with slots for one hour periods from Friday morning through the night ending Saturday morning.

My dearest and I took our time this afternoon.  The stained glass window is at the front of our Sanctuary makes a lovely focal point when participating in the prayer vigil.  

People are encouraged to pray and use whatever methods works for them.  Prayer request sheets are available, and also a white board to add requests for others to see and pray for.

I chose my Maranatha Worship Bible, and my Prayer Journal since I like to write out my prayers.

We are in the process of giving our church building a new face; new doors, new paint, and we will be adding a steeple.

If you have never participated in a prayer vigil it's a wonderful experience.   

13 comments:

  1. I have, its a powerful experience! have a wonder filled week end,

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    1. I think we may do more, as the people really responded to fill up all the slots....like those 1 AM to 6 AM slots. Maybe if I were younger.

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  2. I like that idea and I would sign up. We did have a month of noon time prayer for Muslims during Ramadan, where we selected a different country each day and prayed for the people there to know Jesus, and for protection for the Christian minorities. I participated in that.
    Maybe you will show us your spiffed up church and new steeple.

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    1. It was a very good time of prayer and reflection and meditation.

      I like the idea of a month of noon time prayers.

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  3. It's times like those that I need to write my prayers out. My mind has a tendency to wander otherwise.
    That's a wonderful way to spend some time with the Lord.

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    1. That one reason, several "helps" are available at the church for the prayer time.

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  4. I have never done one, but am intrigued! Did you and your dearest do it together or each take an hour? Does everyone actually go to the church for their time, or can they do it from home? Just out of curiosity, does your church have a large membership? Oh, I often write my prayers, too. It really helps me concentrate better.

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    1. Actually we did it alone and together. The Sanctuary was empty so he sat on one side and I sat on the other. Last time we did it at different times, but wanted to take one car this time. Yes everyone actually goes to the Church. People can pray at home, but we also want all slots filled so someone is in the Sanctuary for the entire 24 hours. Security is provided for the night hours. Our membership is small, probably 80-85.
      I have been keeping prayer journals for years, and they are a real source of encouragement, when I down...I can re-read all the answers I've received in the past. And yes, my mind wanders if I'm not writing it down.

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  5. I have not seen one of those held in church in quite a while. Our old church used to do them quite often. I liked the solitude of the late, late ones- xo Diana

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  6. Hi Wanda, Hope you are enjoying your day. My dad often would take the early a.m. time slot at the prayer room at our church. Even after he retired, he was an early riser.
    Wishing you both a lovely evening.

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  7. Our church hasn't done this is quite a number of years. I think it was our previous pastor that held them. And we didn't go to church, but signed up for an hour and did it at home. Still, it's great to think of all those prayers going up. We usually had a pressing need as a congregation, so all the prayers were for the same thing. Very powerful!

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  8. My church has never had one, but my sister's church has a prayer vigil twice a year. She usually goes either 1 or 2 a.m. She always has wonderful things to say about it and finds it a very uplifting experience.

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  9. I love the idea of round the clock prayers, esp when on behalf of someone sick. I know many a time, like when my son had a burst appendix not discovered until 5 days later when he almost died i doubt he'd be here today without it.

    I think I've been to prayer vigil sign up twice before. not really sure I found it terribly meaningful as compared to prayers at home but I do love the public commitment and what that says for whatever it is being prayed about

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