What is 24-7 Prayer?24-7 Prayer is an international, interdenominational movement of prayer, mission and justice that began with a single, student-led prayer vigil in Chichester, England in 1999 and has spread, by word-of-mouth, into 100+ nations.
For more than a decade the global 24-7 Prayer meeting has continued unbroken, impacting locations as diverse as the US Naval Academy, a German punk festival, war-zones and underground churches, the slums of Delhi, the jungles of Papua New Guinea, ancient English cathedrals and even a brewery in Missouri.
Along the way, this unusual prayer meeting has given rise to numerous new initiatives, communities and ministries particularly focusing on the poor, the marginalised, students and those outside the reach of normal expressions of church.
Thanks to an innovative approach to spirituality and culture, 24-7 Prayer has also captured the attention of newspapers and magazines from Rolling Stone to Readers Digest, and was the subject of a British television documentary.
I believe, as a 59 year-old woman, sitting in this prayer room, that if these young people are the next generation, our world is in safe hands. Liz, UK
At this very moment someone, somewhere is praying; maybe through word, thought, flowing through a pen or painted on a wall, they're speaking to their creator. In 24-7 Prayer Rooms in any number of countries, from different streams of the Church, Christians are learning to pray by praying.
The first night and day 24-7 Prayer Room started by accident in September '99. A small group of English youth took on the extreme challenge of praying non-stop for a month. They broke days into hour slots, filled a room with creative inspiration and expected to fail after a week... God turned up and they couldn't stop 'til Christmas! A passion for God's presence, a rise in faith and answers to prayer brought new life to their Church.
The aim of 24-7 Prayer is ReconciliationThe 24-7 movement seeks to prioritize Christ's two greatest commandments: to love God with all our hearts and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:30). We pray and work for reconciliation at three levels: spiritually - where there is broken relationship with God, socially - where there is broken relationship between people, and environmentally - where there is broken relationship with our world. 24-7 Prayer exists, therefore, 'to reconcile the world to God through Jesus Christ'. We seek to do this by mobilising the Church in prayer, mission and justice.
For Christ's love compels us because... God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation... We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. 2 Cor. 5You can find out more about our Vision.
How does 24-7 Prayer work in practice?Last night, as you slept someone, somewhere was praying 24-7. In fact, right now, as you read these words, people are interceding in scores of locations around the world. This has been continuing every minute of every hour of every day since 1999. Participating groups simply find a venue in which to establish a night-and-day prayer vigil by splitting each day into one-hour shifts, thus filling anything from a weekend to many years with an unbroken chorus of prayer and worship. Keeping rules to a minimum, we simply encourage groups to make their place of prayer as creative and accessible as possible, and to particularly focus on young people and the emerging culture.
Many of these 'sacred spaces' link up here on the web, forming a unique chain of interconnected, global intercession. You can view some of the groups praying right now.
Launching 24-7 prayer in one of our inner-city church properties has probably been the most important thing we have done to date. Dr Timothy M. Johns, Kansas City, MOYou can find out more about our model of prayer.
Why 24-7 Prayer?24-7 Prayer rooms have marked many of the greatest epochs in the growth of the Christian faith:
- The church was born in a 24-7 prayer room in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost, and it was said of them 'they all joined together constantly in prayer' (Acts 1:14)
- Early Christianity was incubated by the monsatic prayer centers of the Desert Fathers, the Celtic communities of Northern Europe, and eventually the Benedictine and other orders.
- In the 18th century a Moravian community, under the leadership of Count Zinzendorf, prayed night-and-day for more than a hundred years, thereby launching the great missionary thrust of the Reformation. One of their converts was John Wesley, founder of Methodism.
- In the 20th century a multi-racial 24-7 prayer room in Los Angeles sparked the Pentecostal and charismatic movements bringing spiritual renewal to nearly 500 million people today.
24-7 Prayer is one of the greates things we've ever experienced, Alex Hughes, former Territorial Commander of the Salvation Army
Now you can get involved too!Why not launch the wildest, most extreme, most exciting prayer meeting your area has ever seen? On this web site you can find out all you need to know to prepare for a life-changing experience of God's presence. We'll offer you a choice of resources to help you set up a 24-7 Prayer Room, then all you have to do is find a venue, get your friends excited and GO!
- Read more about 24-7 Prayer Rooms and what it takes to make it happen in our Prayer section
- Register a prayer room straight away, if you're confident you can sustain a week or more of continual prayer.
The vision behind 24-7 is directly from heaven. It just works! Ocke Kruger, Germany
24-7 missionaries and communities serve some of the poorest people in the world. (Check out the video of our friend Kelly in Mexico). Outreach initiatives that have been born from 24-7 Prayer, include:
- Campus America an initiative to catalyze Christ-centred, mission-minded prayer on every US campus
- Living Generously an online gift service that benefits the poor,
- 24-7 Ibiza a year-round outeach service based in Europe's party capital,
- The Order of the Mustard Seed a covenant community centred on an ancient Rule of Life.
- 24-7Titles - books which equip and inspire lifestyles of prayer, mission and justice.
- The Transit internship program, based with a 24-7 community for a year..
- A suite of other training opportunities online.
CommunitiesAt the heart of the 24-7 movement there is an expanding network of missional communities inspired by ancient Celtic monasticism and committed to celebrating Christ-centered lifestyles of prayer, mission and justice. These communities are generically known as 'Boiler Rooms' but can have all sorts of local names including 'Houses of Prayer'. The six core practices of all 24-7 communities are: creativity and prayer, hospitality and mercy, learning and mission.
The restoration of the church will surely come from a sort of new monasticism which has in common with the old only the uncompromising attitude of a life lived according to the Sermon on the Mount. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jan 14, 1935
Nation Profiles24-7 Prayer has appointed indigenous leadership teams in nations with a groundswell of night and day prayer and emerging communities exploring the values of 24-7 Boiler Rooms.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why continual prayer?
- Are we big enough to pray non-stop?
- Why do we need a Prayer Room?
- Wouldn’t we be better to build up to this gradually?
- Who can organise 24-7?
- How long do we pray for?
- What if we can’t stop?
- What about our other church commitments?
- How do I prepare and mobilize the congregation?
- How much does it cost?
- Any advice on locating a prayer room?
- What if it doesn’t work?
What is Just 24-7?
These pages seek to help you pray, and to connect with others around the 24-7 family who are looking to do the same.
"For I call you......to find the Sons of Thunder. I call you to find those who will marry social justice with prayer......I am going to open a unique arm of this ministry that is a different place than you’ve known; it’s going to be a mantle of social justice. That which William Booth had, I give it to you this night."(Cindy Jacobs to Pete Greig, Phoenix Arizona 20th June 2008)
These words, shared at our ‘Home’ gathering in Southampton in 2008, didn’t surprise us. The concept of marrying prayer and social justice isn't new for 24-7 - Justice and Mercy always been part of our movement, in our prayers in prayer room, and into practical action in our communities.
Why Justice?The opportunities are immense and very exciting, but before we dove into a flurry of activity and prayer we had to learn just what ‘justice’ meant. You see, the justice that we talk about is not the justice God talks about and that shapes everything we do from hereon in.
The most common word he uses in the bible for justice is the Hebrew word Tzedek (or Zedekah). This has a far broader meaning, combining justice with righteousness in one single word & our translations regularly group justice with righteousness and also with mercy & grace. Jesus puts them together too in his very first public speech, the Sermon on the Mount.