Recap of 40 Nights of Praise and Prayer

 
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“One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.” -Psalm 27:4

The Birth of 40 Nights of Praise and Prayer

It’s been three weeks since the start of 40 Nights of Praise and Prayer, a daily two hour prayer gathering where people are given an open space to pray, worship, and meditate without distraction or pause.

The initial conviction was birthed from a simple desire to create an open space for anyone to come and meet with God. A space for tired employees driving home from work and anxious students needing a study break to gather and dwell together in our God’s Presence. In Psalm 27, King David declares the only thing he desires in this life is to dwell in the Lord’s house forever. It was not an earthly kingdom or power he craved; it was pure fellowship with our God. Jesus, after long days of healing, preaching, and teaching, would always make his way to desolate places so He could spend time alone with the Father. Jesus and David simply wanted to seek and be with God through praise and prayer.

Out of all the convictions, there was one main reason why 40 Nights of Praise and Prayer was launched: God loves it. Because God absolutely delights in His children being in His Presence.

Gathering of the Hungry

We didn’t really know what to expect. To be honest, we imagined people trickling in and quietly keeping to themselves. But to our amazement, most nights, there are many moments when the Holy Spirit leads people to worship in one voice. Though every night shares the same general schedule, God has allowed unique moments to color each time.

One particular night, a youth pastor brought his entire youth group from Torrance. Another night parents have brought their toddlers and infants, a beautiful image of God’s grace and love for the family. Other nights, those still in their work attire have made their way to be in God’s Presence. Even employees inviting their employers. And after one of the nights, we had a handful of people share that God was restoring their first love. It isn’t anything flashy or extravagant but the hungry and broken coming to be with Him has been truly powerful and intimate.

Unity in Corporate Prayer

Every night at 8pm, a TMP staff member reads a passage of Scripture that God has placed on their heart without any exposition or message. We continue to press in as we welcome the second half of the night. Then, during the last 15 minutes, we intercede together for the wider Body of Christ. Each night highlights and celebrates different aspects of God’s kingdom. Together we have prayed for those in the workplace so they would be the salt and light of this world. We have prayed for unity in the local churches and amongst church leaders, for healing among the hurt, for restoration among the broken and tired. And as we pray, we cry out to God in intercession, knowing and believing that He hears and will move according to His will.

As we pray for God to raise up hungry and broken people to become spiritual leaders who make a Kingdom impact, we have come to acknowledge that it primarily happens in the place of praise and prayer. As we continue on in the second half of our 40 Nights, we are praying for God to continue to come and dwell with His people and for His people to gaze upon His beauty as we sing songs of praise to Him.

 
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