Pray without ceasing

Smith Wigglesworth

The Healing Evangelist, Smith Wigglesworth once said in response to a question, that he never prayed for more than 20 minutes, but 20 minutes never went past when he didn’t pray. Continuous prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17),  is not an easy thing to even contemplate, but perhaps becomes easier when we look too at the verses either side, “16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

It is easier to do anything if we are joyful about it. Nehemiah 8:10 declares, “…for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” And being thankful, (for there is always someone in a worse position than you), is not only a command of God, but changes our outlook and perspective from negative to positive.

Chelmsford 24-7 is a positive prayer organisation. We aim to see joyful, thankful prayer being poured out 24-7 upon the City and District of Chelmsford. Let’s continue to praise God for all the great things he is already doing and by our attitude as well as our words, without ceasing, we will speak light and life into our communities, turning ” night” to “day” in the lives or all who live, work or visit here.

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Coming up

Don’t forget our three prayer events coming up in May and June. Spread the word and you can print leaflets and posters here.

The first is on Wednesday 6 May when we will meet outside the Chelmsford City Council Offices in Duke St. (by the bus station), to pray over the General and Local Elections.

Arrive for 7.10pm and at 7.14pm we will endeavour to have an hour of 7-14 Prayerpositive prayer outside the building and by prayer walking the area, joining with Christians up and down the land in an initiative called 7:14.

Find out more about this and the other events here.

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Display Board

We are pleased to have a new display board, for use at talks, events and prayer gatherings. It can be used as seen in the photo, or split down on a table-top. It will also form part of our proposed Portable Prayer Space.

If you are holding and event or meeting during this year and would like us to bring it along, please let me know (Contact Page here).

I am also able to give talks on Chelmsford 24-7, and about prayer. Invitations are welcome!

Creative Team

To further the Portable Prayer Space idea, we need one or two creative people to come on board. If you have design and/or practical skills, I would love to hear from you

praying-hands24-7 Prayer Support Team

Much of what we are about is praying for our communities and over the issues that affect our City. However, there is a real need to pray over the ongoing vision and direction of Chelmsford 24-7 itself. Our Steering Group and not least myself, need regular prayer support.

We therefore propose to have a group of people who will become a Support Team and who will pray alongside us and where God seems to be speaking, feed that into the Steering Group.

Becoming a member of this group will not preclude you from taking a full part in other prayer activities that we are involved in, but will involve a little more regular commitment and possibly some additional meetings specifically for this.

Sue Gibson will be heading this group up and will be speaking to those she already knows who are involved in prayer. However, anyone is very welcome to become involved with this. Let me know and I will pass your details to Sue. 

Blessings to you all for your continued interest and support.

David Gilbey