So, the Prayer Week finished on Saturday.
As a sort of climax to the week, about ten of us gathered in the University church, the Great St. Mary’s. We marked the reading of Acts 2, the story of the first outpouring of the Spirit upon the church at Pentecost, by lighting candles and praying for the fire of God’s love once again to set this city alight. After all that, I know the question on everyone’s lips is, ‘What next?’
Well, having ended the Prayer Week with a reminder of what happened to the early church at Pentecost, we are now looking to join in with that which is happening across the world at Pentecost – the ‘Global Day of Prayer’. On Pentecost Sunday, Christians will be gathering in every single nation of the world to come together in prayer and repentance. (For the story of how this has come to be, go to the GDOP website.)
Here in Cambridge, we will be gathering on the afternoon of Pentecost Sunday to get together from different churches to release 1000 helium balloons into the sky as a visual sign of the prayers that we are offering up towards heaven – and (even better!) to share the good news of our Lord Jesus with those in the town. In the run-up to Pentecost Sunday, many across the world will be praying non-stop for ten days from 2-12 June – just as the disciples spent ten days “praying continually in one accord” (Acts 1:14) after Jesus’ ascension into heaven.
In Cambridge, we are trying to fill the ten days with continual prayer by having different churches each take responsibility for a single day. If your church could take part in this chain of unified prayer, then please let me know. We’ll also, again with the Global Day of Prayer (and other prayer initiatives, including 24-7 Prayer International) be encouraging Christians to set their alarms to pray the Lord’s Prayer daily at midday. (In fact, why don’t you do it now!) Check out our blog over the next couple of weeks as we look at 24 tips on prayer from the Lord’s Prayer in Luke 11.
Grace and peace, Peter