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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.