The Diocese of Down and Dromore launched a Year of 24–7 Prayer from the slipway at Titanic Belfast at midnight on 31 December 2013 and ended it at midnight on 31 December 2014 in St Anne’s Cathedral.
All of the parishes took part, some more than once, each praying continuously for between 3 and 7 days before passing on the ‘prayer scroll’ to the next location. The scroll was a symbol of the parish’s commitment to sustain prayer but it also documented the prayer journey through the diocese.
It was quite an undertaking, and we say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to all of our parishes and prayer coordinators who made it happen.
Your comments testified to the joy of time set aside to be in God’s presence. Here’s just a sample:
“I will be at a loss when 24/7 stops, it was a precious time.”
“An oasis of peace– I really met with God here.”
“These hours spent here have been so much more than refreshing that sleep. We need more times like this if we are to grow and mature.”
“To be part of the prayer chain is a huge privilege.”
We cannot underestimate the power of the Year of 24–7 Prayer and we must not leave it behind as we engage in mission. Let’s take to heart Tash Creaney’s encouragement to build upon that year and ‘move back and forth between the places of intimacy and involvement with a world desperate for an encounter with Jesus’.
Enjoy this 2 minute overview of those 365 days or 8,760 hours!