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Prayer Week 2004 – the UK Stands and Pray

( [email protected] ) May 13, 2004 09:37 AM EDT

Called by UCB, 10,000 churches covering more than 400 towns and villages across the British Isles are going to pray together in the Prayer Week 2004 taking place from 16th to 23rd May.


Prayer Concert Tour lead by the prayer minstrel Godfrey Birtill will be covering 8 venues across Britain in 8 nights during the prayer week.

Called by the United Christian Broadcasters (UCB), 10,000 churches covering more than 400 towns and villages across the British Isles are going to pray together in the Prayer Week 2004 taking place from 16th to 23rd May.

To face the rising challenge in Christendom in the UK, warring relationship between churches and denominations seen nowadays causes even greater nuisance in ministries and discourages the faith of Christians.

The objective of Prayer Week is to see churches of all Christian denominations join together for a week of prayer across nations. To send a visible message to governments and governing bodies that the church can stand united as one. As the motto of the prayer week says, “Christian stand with Christian; Church stand with Church; Nation stand with Nation.”

The vision of the Prayer Week is set at the scene of Acts as all Disciples of Christ prayed as 'in one accord' and witnessed the coming of Holy Spirit. Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit in prayer, people reconcile and become united, rediscovering the love within one body of Christ, just as it says in John 17 v23: 'I in them and you in me, all being perfected into one. Then the world will know that you sent me and will understand that you love them...'

A passage from 1 Kings has become the foundation scripture for Prayer Week:

"Then Elijah said to all the people, ‘Come here to me’. They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the Lord, which was in ruins. Elijah took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes... With the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord”

- 1 Kings 18 v30-32

The background of this story is very similar to the situation in the UK. At the times of Elijah, there was a severe famine and national decay. The altar of the Lord ruined, the 12 building stones, one representing each of the tribes of Israel scattered. Just like today, the society is spiritually decayed, church attendance decreases and people are hunger for the truth. However, in this critical period, the relationship between different denominations, different outlooks, and theologies within the body of Christ is even broken up. Only by the power of God, he brings all these back again through Prophet Elijah of this age.

The prayer drive is simply started with every single individual, then expanding this network of prayer from church level, local level, national level and up to international level. Individuals are to be committed in praying throughout the week. Then, a church or fellowship prayer meeting is recommended to bring as many congregations as possible together. Churches within a local area are suggested to organise joint church worship and prayer teaching conference.

The prayer guide resources are all available on the official website (www.prayerweek.com) Alongside with the prayer week, a 3-day Prayer Week Conference running from 20 th to 23 rd May, titled "It's Time" based on 2 Cor 6:2 will be held at Princes Drive Baptist Church, Colwyn Bay. A number of workshops and conference sessions are available to learn about the practice of prayer. A highlight will be the Prayer Concert Tour lead by the prayer minstrel Godfrey Birtill covering 8 venues across Britain in 8 nights during the prayer week: Stoke-on-Trent, Belfast, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells, Birmingham, Liverpool, Llandudno and Colwyn Bay.

This year, the prayer week has stretched its tent pegs, across borders and into39 nations worldwide, Ireland, England, USA, Canada, India, Australia, Russia, Nigeria, Kenya, etc.