9th January 2020
At the beginning of 2019, I had two conversations in the space of a few days which left me feeling challenged, encouraged and provoked. In early February I chatted with my friend Tope Koleoso, leader of the excellent Jubilee Church in north London, about the 21 days of prayer they had just completed. They had started the new year by calling the whole church to pray and fast for 21 days, gathering each night to seek God and call upon him. People had responded in large numbers to the call to pray together night after night, and they had seen a rise in faith and hunger for God. This was soon followed by another discussion with Greg Surratt, who leads Seacoast Church in South Carolina. They too had begun their year with 21 days of prayer and had witnessed God break out in power, with some remarkable healings during that time.
I can be slow to hear God, but on this occasion I felt him say clearly that he was calling King’s to go deeper in prayer. Over the last few months we have been planning and preparing for a church-wide focus on prayer during January. We began on Sunday when I preached out of Acts 4 about corporate prayer and shared what God has put on my heart. Our 21 Days of Prayer started on Monday, and I was overwhelmed by the response from the church. People streamed into the meeting, many coming straight from work, and we quickly found we had underestimated how many chairs we would need! It was a lively, joyful, faith-filled time of calling out to God. I have been so encouraged by the start of our 21 days and I cannot wait to see what God will do over the next three weeks. If you have not yet been able to join the adventure, we meet again at 7.00pm tonight, Catford site.
Lastly, Pete Greig’s book, How to Pray, will still be available to buy on Sunday, although I understand copies are selling fast. This is an accessible and helpful book on prayer, and a great one to read alongside these 21 days.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.