Why 247 Prayer?

Why 24-7 Prayer ?

 

In 1727, a prayer meeting began in a Moravian community led by Count Zinzendorf.

It started with 24 men and 24 women covenanting themselves to pray an hour each day, day and night.

This 24-7 prayer meeting carried on for 100 years and became the vanguard of the great Protestant missionary movement in the 18th and 19th century. Some even sold themselves as slaves to further the gospel.

In the past, great transformation and revivals have been birthed through prevailing prayer. And we want to be part of God’s story. We want to see greater things happen in our time and watch.

24-7 Prayer seek to mobilize disciples into a covenant lifestyle of prayer, just like the Moravians did. We are community of people of prayer in action. We seek ‘to reconcile the world to God through Jesus Christ by mobilising prayer, mission and justice throughout the nation.

A Commitment to Hourly Prayer
We believe prayer should be the centre of our being and work, underpinning that vital connection of knowing what is in God’s heart and sovereign and working out mission and justice. Jesus asked his disciples, “Could you not pray with me for an hour?” We look to mobilise God’s people to make a commitment to hourly prayer. Read more about the Call to Nationwide 24-7 Prayer for Malaysia

Get in Touch With Us!
You can come join us in prayer, or even start a 24-7 prayer crew/room in your neighbourhood or town. The rules are minimal. Sing, dance or draw. Stand, sit or kneel. We want you to engage with God through prayer as creatively as possible. Get your friends, school mates, cell groups, youth fellowships, church, denomination, school, campus or community together and set a week to pray 24-7! We would love to help you so do contact us !

 

“The man who mobilizes the Christian church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelization in history.”
Andrew Murray
Andrew Murray

 

“Prayer is where the action is.”
John Wesley
John Wesley

 

Kingdom Centred Prayer

 

Jesus taught us a model prayer………

“This, then, is how you should pray:

‘Our Father in heaven, 
hallowed be your name,
 your kingdom come, 
your will be done
 on earth as it is in heaven.
 Give us today our daily bread.
 Forgive us our debts,
 as we also have forgiven our debtors.
 And lead us not into temptation,
 but deliver us from the evil one.’

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:9-15 NIV)

 

Jesus focused on our relationship with God, who is our Father, and on His kingdom.  When we talk about prayer, people tend to think it as just a way of practice as a Christian so that we can get our personal needs met.  Often, we bring before God our “shopping list”, or perhaps, treat God like our teddy bear, or perhaps, quite often, our heavenly ATM – our auto teller machine!

Jesus taught us that  we should understand prayer as a relationship first.  It is having a conversation with God, who is our Father.  Enjoying each day telling Him how much we love Him, and sharing Him how our day was, and what our concerns are.  And when we come to Him, we look forward to being in His presence, to listen to Him, to adore Him, to know what’s in His heart, and to be changed by Him.  The better we get at being in a conversation with Him, the better we learn how to pray, and say sorry to Him.  More importantly, we need to learn to repent and petition to God as His people.

When we look at past histories of church growth and spiritual renewal, we see one common thread: a prevailing, intense and kingdom minded prayer where all of God’s children come together corporately, crying out to Him.  We saw that in the Moravian revival, in South Africa, South Korea, Indonesia and closer to home, in Bakelalan.

According to Rev Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, kingdom centred prayer is made of the 3 key ingredients.

  1. It is focused on God’s presence and kingdom.
  2. It is bold and specific.
  3. It is prevailing, and corporate.

Jack Miller talks about the difference between “maintenance prayer” and “frontline” prayer meetings. We move away from the “maintenance” type which is  totally focused on what’s going on inside the church and contrast that against “frontline” prayer which has three basic traits:

  • A request for grace to confess sins and humble ourselves.
  • A compassion and zeal for the flourishing of the church.
  • A yearning to know God, to see his face, to see his glory.

For example in Acts 4, the disciples, whose lives had been threatened, did not ask for protection for themselves and their families, but only boldness to keep preaching!

Tim Keller further adds that this type of pacesetters in prayer include the following characteristics:

  • Pacesetters in prayer spend time in self-examination.  They examine selves for idols and set them aside.
  • They then begin to make the big request — a sight of the glory of God. Just like Moses, they are not afraid to ask for the following :-
    • for a personal experience of the glory/presence of God [“that I may know you” (Exodus 33:13)];
    • for the people’s experience of the glory of God (Exodus 33:15); and
    • that the world might see the glory of God through his people (Exodus 33:16). Moses asks that God’s presence would be obvious to all: “What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” (Exodus 33:16).

This is the kind of kingdom minded prayer where people would be awed and amazed by a show of God’s power and radiance in the church – a sign of the kingdom to come.

We begin to move away from the boring “maintenance” prayers and move towards building an altar that God can honor with his fire.  It is this sort of kingdom centred prayer that we in 247 Prayer Malaysia hopes to build into a movement of prayer without ceasing, prayer that’s long, prayer that’s hard, and prayer that holds on to God relentlessly until He blesses us.  And in that very process it is this kind of praying that will bring about that which we are asking for — to have our hard hearts melted, to tear down barriers, to have the glory of God break through – in our personal lives, our family lives, in our church, and in our nation.