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Put your hand in the hand of God

Put your hand in the hand of God – David Gilbey

Well, 2015 is here and great things are in prospect as we continue to pray in 24-7 Prayer for Chelmsford.

A new page has also just been added to the website entitled, Please Pray. This presently contains four basic, but important topics for prayer at this time:

  • Unity between the Churches and Christians in the City, that they will rally behind this vision.
  • Formation of a  steering group, consisting of enthusiastic and Godly people to to take 24-7 Prayer forward.
  • That we will have the support of those that are leaders and who govern our City.
  • A suitable premises in the centre of the City will be found where 24-7 Prayer can have a home.

It is intended to develop this page as time goes by.

You are also encouraged to visit our Facebook Page and we are now also on TwitterSubscribing to one or both will also keep you up to date and contain other encouraging snippets about prayer.

Please continue to pass on the word about Chelmsford 24-7 and encourage others to sign up. There is now a downloadable A6 size leaflet which you are encouraged to print and give to people you know, perhaps at your church, who might be interested.

This link will take you to where it can be downloaded as four on an A4 sheet.

Next week, commencing 5th January, the journey towards Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer continues. There is a certain unknown factor about all of this, but let me finish my quoting King George VI, from his 1939 Christmas address:

“I said to the man, who stood at the gate of the year, ‘Give me a light, that I may tread safely into the unknown.’ And he replied, ‘Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than a light, and safer than a known way.'”

Dot joining

Dot joining – David Gilbey

Even with Christmas just around the corner, “joining the dots” continues behind the scenes.

I feel that there are two main aims at present:

Firstly to further identify and hook up with local intercessors, including those who move prophetically, both individually and who are already involved in prayer groups, so that a weight of prayer builds up over the Vision for 24-7 Prayer in Chelmsford. This in turn will I believe, cause God to release further incites and direction. (Actually, I suspect God is already prompting and raising people up to do this, including those who presently may not even recognize themselves as being very good at praying. Ordinary Christians are the ones who God will use).

Secondly that specific key people, who will be from various City churches are identified, so that early in 2015, a small “steering group”, can be established to co-ordinate and take 24-7 Prayer forward. I see a flexible group of Spirit filled Believers, who are prepared run with this, wherever God takes us.

I can say that already, in the first full week of 2015, I have three meetings arranged with enthusiastic individuals or couples who might well fit any of the above criteria and I have dates to confirm with two others. These are people who I know have a heart to see renewal and revival in Chelmsford and to whom God seems to have immediately directed me.

However, if you are reading this and the Holy Spirit is making your heart beat a little faster and a small voice is whispering in your ear, please do not hesitate to get in touch. I would be so glad to meet up with you too and talk through how you might become involved.

Above all keep praying. if you have or receive any “Words” that you believe God has given you for Chelmsford 24-7, please feed them back.

Bless you all, have a wonderful Christmas and the next update will most likely be in January.

Praying in Revival

Praying in Revival – David Gilbey

It is only God that can bring true Revival on a city or across a nation. However, it seems clear that from all that I have read and heard about major outpourings of God’s Spirit over the course of history, that somewhere in the background, there were people who had been consistently praying for something to happen.

The last major such event upon the British Isles was in 1949, in the Hebrides, Scotland. It was two elderly sisters, that became burdened with the lack of interest all around them for the things of God, causing them to fall on their knees before Him twice a week for many hours. As a result, a few other Believers joined in unity and purpose with them and in due course, a man called Duncan Campbell came to the islands and what followed was the mighty power of God sweeping the whole island for almost three years. (You can read an account by Duncan Campbell here).

Duncan Campbell is recorded as saying, “This is revival dear people! This is a sovereign act of God! This is the moving of God’s Spirit, I believe in answer to the prevailing prayer of men and women who believed that God was a covenant-keeping God but must be true to His covenant engagement…”.

What prompts me to mention this? Well today, I had the privilege of spending some time with a man, who I have grown to love and respect and who might be described as an “elder statesman” among the Christian Believers in this City. A man of some influence, but who bears it with considerable humility; not least a man who has pursued Revival for Chelmsford through consistent and persistent prayer, for well over thirty-five years.

It is not appropriate for me to name him here or to reveal of exactly what we spoke about, but as we poured out our hearts to each other, it was clear that the vision for 24-7 Prayer, indeed a vision to herald in Revival, must be birthed out of a spirit of love and unity. Love and unity between all, whatever church or tradition and a deep love for God. Our prayers will then quickly rise as a sweet-smelling incense to God, who will surely act.

This verse came to me, “Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments”. Deuteronomy 7:9

Please start praying for a greater sense of Christian unity in the City.

Visions collide!

Visions collide – David Gilbey

I met Sue Gibson today for coffee. Sue, who is part of CGCC (Christian Growth Centre, Chelmsford). Sue is already much involved with interdenominational prayer ministry in Chelmsford and beyond. She had seen one of my previous posts on Facebook and had contacted me expressing that she too had a desire to see something like 24-7 Prayer in our City.

It was exciting to each share our respective visions and find that they corresponded in so many areas. It was a real; “for such a time as this” moment, for just a week or so after my initial investigations into the concepts of 24-7 Prayer had ended, here I was, almost immediately talking to someone, from Chelmsford, who is already linking and encouraging church leaders and members of various churches to be united in prayer for the City.

After a most delicious cappuccino, (thank you Sue), and an hour and a half of excited and animated discussion, we both sat and prayed right there in Costa Coffee, that God would reveal more of his plan for Chelmsford 24-7 and bring together a small group of other like minded enthusiasts to progress it further.

We will likely meet again shortly after Christmas. Meanwhile the casting of the vision will continue. Please pray.

Casting the Vision

Casting the Vision – David Gilbey

It is time to cast the vision for Chelmsford 24-7 out into the City. It is also a time for me to sit down, reflect and pray over everything that has happened over the last few weeks and develop my own prayer life before God..

I’ve been busy checking out prayer rooms, conferences, speaking to people here there and everywhere. I have loads of scribbled notes, handouts and books to read but slowly and surely God is imparting me fresh knowledge and revelation about prayer itself and what 24-7 Prayer may look like in our City.

There is no doubt that there are many, many Christians already praying over Chelmsford. In fact we are building on a rich history, a weight of intercession that has gone up for many decades. I can clearly remember for instance, being one of dozens, who regularly met in the Cathedral Hall, over thirty years ago, to pray in renewal and revival here. And so those from many churches and prayer groups still do today.

Chelmsford 24-7 is not coming to replace any of this, nor to place a burden on already busy Christians with “another meeting!”. But it is I believe, coming to encourage, to enthuse, resource, to maybe become a way of “joining the dots” for all that is already taking place. I hope too that we can eventually have a “prayer house”, a building in our City specifically set aside for prayer, a place where the people of Chelmsford, with faith, or none, can come to have a conversation with and to encounter God.

So, amongst much prayer and reflection, I am gradually making contacts, starting to see people come to me expressing interest and support, saying that they too have had a vision for this. Can I encourage you to pray, pray this in. Pray that God will reveal its substance and shape.

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24-7 over tea

24-7 over tea -David Gilbey

I was delighted to welcome Brian Heasley, the Director of 24-7 Prayer GB, into my home for tea and a chat this morning. As well as unpacking the vision that God had given me for a Prayer Movement in Chelmsford, it was wonderful to hear of some of the many things that God is doing through 24-7 Prayer up and down this Nation.

For me, our discussions yielded a real sense that I am on the right road and that God is the driver of this thing. As well as looking at the physical shape of a Prayer room or centre, (of which there are as many as there are places of prayer themselves), it was good to discern that broadly, Brian’s sense of the heavenly perspective and results that God desires to bring through 24-7, is the same as He (God), has already been revealing to me.

I now have some praying to do, some books to read, (the Bible being a particularly good one here!) and in a couple of weeks have a meeting with Chelmsford lady from another church, who also has a vision for 24-7 prayer in the City. The ball is rolling.

Investigations commence

Investigations commence -David Gilbey

As I left my job of the the last two years with CHP Housing, on 29th September 2014, I had no clear idea what the future held, other than a certainty that God had spoken. It was a real stepping out into faith moment and that faith had substance.

I immediately set about a journey of discovery as to what prayer and the prayer movement was all about  Instantly, God presented a series of opportunities to visit places and meet people.

As of today, 19th November, I have visited 24-7 Prayer Boiler Rooms in Colchester and Stanford-le-Hope; had a weekend at the House of Prayer Europe, in Sunderland and spoken with its founder, Ken Gott. I’ve spent time in the 24-7 prayer room at HTB (Holy Trinity Brompton); been to an all day conference in South London about Houses of Prayer, with Mike Bickle of IHOPKC (international House of Prayer Kansas City) and spent a week away at a retreat learning about and practicing prayer at Ashburnham Place, East Sussex, with a man sometimes referred to as, “the Grand Father of the UK Prayer movement “, Brian Mills.

During this amazing time, during which my own prayer life is also being considerably refreshed, I am seeing much more clearly what is on God’s heart for our City and indeed our Nation.

God wants revival to come upon the UK and it is our prayers that will hasten it in.