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Hello Everybody,

I was just reading a really great blog by Benjamin Foulks (@galahad) and realized it was a great lead-in to something I have been thinking would be awesome for the CB Community to do...

I have been thinking it would be awesome to have four "prayer times" throughout the week when we utilize the awesome "prayer room" within our chatroom!

I think our prayer room is an untapped resource to really push forward the boundaries of Christ! I think it is great that we have a place that folks can pop-in every so often and pray for others, but think of the dynamic power of the Holy Spirit the could flow forth from a group of committed Christians gathering together once or twice a week for 30 or 60 minutes of group prayer!

I am not trying to pull anybody away from their church in suggesting this... far from it. I believe in the church. I believe in the power of prayer. I believe that Christ desires we gather together at His house, the place of worship, the Church. I also believe that Christ desires that we gather together outside the Church for times of prayer and intercession.

What I have been thinking is that maybe we could have two times prayer times each week, one for those in the USA and one for those outside the USA, for a total of four prayer gatherings!

Now, I would like to be clear about something... I am just "throwing this out there"... but that does not mean I want to organize this thing 😉

I figured maybe I could spark a fire in somebodies heart to maybe take on the organization of such a gathering.

What I could/would do is do my part to "get the word out" should somebody step up and put this whole thing together.

Actually, it might be an interesting idea if we had TWO different people organize this... one for those across the pond and somebody for the USA. Or, maybe that would just make things more complicated... not really sure.

Anyway, whadda all think about this?

John

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Alan Nethery @shadowalker ·

I think it is an awesome idea, John, but I think to put it all together, you may need something like two committees to get the message out on both sides of the Big Water, with a Prayer Leader for each group. -Maybe even a series of Prayer Leaders to form something like a prayer chain so that the prayer flows continuous... as you can tell, I am just free-floating ideas myself. I love to prayer, and I love our new Prayer Room. It has been a blessing to me several times already...

Depending on the time we are going to do this, I would definitely like to participate.

Shadow
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Ramona Meek @ilovehimso ·

I think this is a wonderful idea, and while I'm not at all convinced that I can be reliable enough in my hectic schedule to ring"lead", I would definitely be willing to help and participate. This room (and the chatroom as it was before the prayer room came to be, even) has been very special for me many different times since I came to CB and is one of my favorite features of the site.

Great suggestion, John. Can't wait to see how it unfolds.

Be blessed, Mona

Anna Jones @annajones ·

I to think this would be a wonderful way to touch the THRONE ROOM OF GOD. For those who need prayer. GREAT Idea, if I can help in anyway please let me know. Not real good with things like this as far as heading it up, but I can surely pray!!

Be Blessed Anna

Marsha Tyler Ronquist @kraftykatz ·

Awesome idea. Prayer is vital and the more we pray to our Lord, the better it is for all.
KraftyKatz

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K Reynolds @kreynolds ·

It is nice for everyone to say it is a good idea but it is another thing to "step up". I suppose some of the reluctance to do so is people aren't quite sure of how to do it.

I would love to do something like this but at the moment, I have my hands full with a couple of good-sized active groups and school has started again with lots of extra stuff going on. I was one of the people involved with planning the communion service we did here last Easter season though and I do run a couple of pretty active groups so I can perhaps give a little insight which will be helpful.

  1. While we have CB members from all over, thus spanning 24 hours, the most ACTIVE members here appear to be dealing with a 21 hour time difference during the northern hemisphere winter (New Zealand to California) and a 19 hour time difference during the northern hemisphere summer. This difference is due to their "springing ahead" as we "fall back" and vice versa. I have become sort of a ... time expert in my pursuit of Kbird and other international friends :mrgreen:

  2. We did the communion service at 7:30 p.m. (U.S. Central Daylight Time) due to the coordinator's (Alight's) work schedule. That made it 5:30 on the west coast which was sort of earlier for them but we couldn't do it any later as Bethy, who was also an organizer (song leader) was in the UK. It was 1:30 a.m. for her but she agreed to stay up to do it. The time wasn't an issue for the others directly involved in organizing the service as Alight, B2Y and I all live in the same time zone (central).

The other participants we had besides those in North America were in Singapore and Oceania (AUS/NZ). AUS and Singapore are in the same time zone in the spring. They're in the northern hemisphere so it is different in the winter... I think. Maybe PTL can correct me as I don't know if they do daylight savings time. Anyway,
at the time there was a 15 hour time difference so the communion service was at 10:30 a.m. for them. New Zealand was two later so it was 12:30 p.m. in New Zealand.

Okay, so this might be a bit confusing but it gives you a general idea of what we are dealing with. You might say the communion service took place between 5:30 p.m. on Thursday to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, LOL! That gives you an idea of the magnitude of this.

While we have members from around the globe, the people I "meet" regularly meaning the people who seem to be the most active are from North America, then Oceania, Asia and Europe. Someone else might see that differently but that is how it appears to me. I rarely meet anyone from Africa or South America. I know we have members there but it is rare for me to "see" them whether in chat or blogs.

This is why John made the suggestion of two meetings. The time issues really seem to be most difficult for our members in western Europe such as the UK. The rest of us are spread out far enough or close enough that it is "doable".

  1. I recommend that anyone doing this check out and refer people to a timezone conversion site such as [url]http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html[/url]. Then they can confirm the times they need to show up.

  2. I recommend you try to have two coordinators for each group. When I started groups, I got a couple of people who were passionate about what I was trying to do and made them officers. They helped me keep the enthusiasm going plus could step in for me when I couldn't be around, encourage me, etc. Two are better than one.

  3. Talk it up! If you do this you MUST go into chat and talk to people. That's all there is to it. Write blogs about it periodically. We constantly get new members. If there are answered prayers or people were blessed, etc, WRITE about it. It will help keep things in front of people, get them curious to check it out, etc.

Okay, this is a long comment but that is my ... well... I was going to say two-cents worth but I guess it was a bit more than that! 😉

Blessings!

K :princess:

P.S. We don't need people to just talk about this being a great idea, we need people to ask God if this is something He wants them to do!

Lee Chung @leeinnyc ·

A great idea! I guess one of the problems is personal time management and competing obligations. How about a particular prayer request sent around (once a week?) just for ChristianBlog as a ministry? Blessings - Lee

William Stephens @eschator83 ·

One option for this great concept could be to inititate a kind of rolling wave of prayer across the world throughout the day. A prayer team might open (or initiate) the prayer wave on a single blog, perhaps having opened the blog 24 hours earlier to provide notice of the event.
This might be particularly appropriate for special days of holiday or Church celebrations, but we could also select one or more days of the week. Maybe start off the process (and the week) with a Monday morning prayer (say 6 or 7 am). Or Sunday night. Bloggers could join in around the world as they woke up-I don't think they would necessarily need to be restricted to a certain hour for prayer entry. The wave could be started anywhere, and I suppose anytime, but perhaps near the International date line at the time intended.
It is my presumption that all of us might participate in this prayer wave--by blogging a prayer of our own, or by submitting a favorite prayer, or just by reading the prayers others submitted, or praying or meditating along with the prayer bloggers.
Key issues might be-
-does the system overload with a large number of bloggers all trying to access the same blog?
-this somewhat dilutes the goal of maximizing the number of people praying at the same time
-would it be better to offer a single prayer, or perhaps prayer format?
-can we think of a more religious word than wave? prayer cloud? wind? flow? burst?
I pray you all will keep working on this.