On September 19th, 1999 a prayer meeting began that never stopped. Today we celebrate 15 years of day and night, unceasing and unending, worship and prayer. I write this from the Night Watch at 3 in the morning as Jesus is being worshiped and lifted high over our city.
I am in awe of the work of God, mostly because after 3 years I am well aware of how weak and broken these people here are. They’re not super heroes, the ones who began 15 years ago, but they certainly have the grace of God on their lives. This is something He has done. Without the hand of God in this, it would have never begun and it would have never remained as it has.
As I look back over the last three years and the journey that I’ve been on, I am so thankful. I fondly remember that 18 hour day which profoundly impacted my heart. I spent 18 hours straight in the prayer room and wasn’t “all prayed out”. I think I was made for this. I was made for prayer. I was made to talk to God.
I think back to the days when I was just starting out. I would sit in the prayer room in the early morning and cry because God’s presence was so sweet. I loved those hours. Last January I looked out across the room, so encouraged by the people I get to do this with. I wrote about it in a post, appreciating 24/7 worship,
“The room is filled with people of every age and from every nationality and background singing about the beauty and worth of knowing Jesus. Everyday these people come. Day after day after day they just keep coming back to seek Jesus. You could come to the prayer room at any hour and you’ll find something like this. They’re not here just because they have to be, they’re here because they want to be. They really love Him.”
This is an amazing community to be in. It’s normal to walk past deep conversations about the Bible. It’s normal to see people praying for people in the hallways. It’s normal to have classes on intercession, the prophetic, and building houses of prayer. I am edified and blessed everyday by my peers, classmates, and teachers.
If I have learned anything so far, I hope it is that Jesus is worthy of 24/7 prayer and worship. He has been given the name above every other name. Our praise is powerful. Where Jesus is glorified, He builds His throne. Not only is He worthy of my individual praise, but He is worthy of the worship of the nations. It’s happening, just as His word says, “From the rising of the sun even to it’s going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles. In every place incense will be offered to my name, a pure offering, for My name shall be great among the nations,” (Malachi 1:11).