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22 June 2013

24/7 prayer for London estates

24/7 prayer for London estates

Estates across the capital will be the focus of a week of 24/7 prayer between 1 July and 7 July. Each day will see a baton of prayer passed to a new part of London at midnight so that each area will cover 24 hours of continuous prayer.

The idea is that prayer is focused in a sequence around the clock face of London, meaning that specific areas have focus on a key day. The clock face will focus on a geographical rotation. Monday – north-east, Tuesday - east, Wednesday – south-east, Thursday – south-west, Friday – west, Saturday – central and Sunday – north.

"Praying for our estates could just be one of the most important things we do this year," said Mark Melluish, senior pastor at St Paul's Ealing. "Join us as we pray for the Kingdom of God to break through and shine His light."

Prayer rooms, prayer on the street and prayer walks are happening in many different parts of the city. The vision is to see a prayer walk through every London housing estate. The 24/7 prayer communities around the country will be joining in prayer for London and Premier Radio are featuring happenings in each area throughout the week.

Dr David Landrum, director of advocacy at the Evangelical Alliance, said: "Prayer changes things. And prayer with unity is a very powerful combination. I hope that Christians across London will seize this opportunity to stand together to see the Kingdom of God break into some of the capitals most deprived communities. God is faithful to answer the prayers of his people."

The prayer week will conclude on 8 July with a free ticketed evening of stories, celebration and worship at Holy Trinity Brompton. Visit the location page to find out what is going on and how you can book into a prayer room.

Rev Adrian Newman, Bishop of Stepney, said: "London estates are the forgotten London, the bypassed, overlooked and ignored London. Except to Jesus Christ. To him they are the places where God is especially present, the object of an extraordinary love, and the focus for justice and hope.

"This 24/7 prayer week will look to remember the forgotten, cross over to those often passed by, and turn our full attention to those usually ignored."

Churches and organisations are partnering in this initiative, including 24/7 prayer, Eden London, Evangelical Alliance, New Wine, Premier, Regenerate, XLP and more. Pray with them for our capital. www.londonestates247.org