How did the 125 Hours of Prayer come about?
The Metro Atlanta Salvation Army and a number of churches and community organizations have felt God’s call to unite in prayer for our Metro Atlanta community. Over many months in 2014, there was prayerful discernment for God’s peace and voice to know what He wanted us to pray about. From this, 125 Hours of Prayer came about as an opportunity to UNITE to seek God, HEAR His voice, and be led to depend on His Spirit to transform us and our community to GLORIFY Him”
What is prayer?
Prayer is …
simply paying attention to God
being in relationship with God
listening and communicating freely with God
Prayer can take many forms including:
fellowship, communal prayer, private scripture reading, sharing experiences with God, listening for God, holy adoration, serving others, foot washing, giving thanks, meditation, stillness, contrition, fasting, silence, song, and more.
The Central Prayer Room will offer the opportunity to pray communally with others, or in a number of other forms. Host sites will also each offer varying forms of prayer to engage in.
Do I have to pray for 125 hours?
You are invited to pray for as much as you feel the Lord leading you to do. 125 hours of continuous prayer will be offered at the Central Prayer Room (Salvation Army Temple Corps at 2090 N. Druid Hills Road) so you can always go there to pray with others during the 125 Hours of Prayer. Host sites around Metro Atlanta will also offer opportunities to pray corporally at various times during the 125 Hours of Prayer.
What or who am I praying for?
Our metro Atlanta community is faced with …
Being a sex trafficking capital,
Increasing crime and violence,
On-going generational poverty,
A culture largely void of Christian morals and values where our children are being brought up and exposed, and more.
We are feeling the Lord leading us all to pray for our metro Atlanta community, so He can transform us and our community to glorify Him.
When will it take place?
125 Hours of Prayer begins at noon on Monday, May 4, 2015, and ends at 5 PM on Saturday, May 9, 2015.
Does it cost money to participate in 125 Hours of Prayer?
No. 125 Hours of Prayer is just about UNITING to seek God, HEAR His voice, and be led to depend on His Spirit to transform us and our community to glorify Him. What is needed is what’s most valuable – each of us, and our time to be given to Him.
What happens if I am homebound, or cannot go to the Central Prayer Room or a host site to pray?
By signing up to pray on www.atlantaprays.org, you will receive an electronic copy of the Prayer Guide for 125 Hours of Prayer in late April. If you are unable to join with others communally to pray at the Central Prayer Room, or at one of the many host sites, you will still be able to be united as part of the Body of Christ by praying on your own through His Spirit.
Can anyone join in the prayer?
125 Hours of Prayer is an opportunity for the Body of Christ to step away from normal routines of daily life and enter into an extended time of experiencing God, asking Him what He wants to do in our city, and connecting with one another through worship, prayer, fasting, and fellowship. The invitation to pray is open to anyone who desires to unite in prayer as a part of the Body of Christ.
This is an opportunity for us to UNITE to seek God, HEAR His voice, and be led to depend on His Spirit to transform us and our community to GLORIFY Him”
What is the call to action for 125 Hours of Prayer?
The short answer is …
To come together, pray, be transformed, and see how He leads us anew.
The longer answer is …
Our call to action is first to be still and unite in prayer so we can seek God, hear His voice, and depend on His Spirit to transform us and our community – allowing Him to lead, instead of us, and receive His peace. As He transforms us within, His peace may lead any of us to serve in new ways. A number of community organizations, serving the needs of our community that we are praying about, are identified in the Prayer Guide. You may feel the Lord lead you to explore serving others through the efforts of these organizations, or you may feel Him lead you to serve in some other way. What’s important is to seek His peace and receive it to know His voice and how He desires you to trust His lead to serve.
How can I spread the word about 125 Hours of Prayer?
After you sign up to pray at www.atlantaprays.org, you will have the opportunity to share your choice to pray for our metro Atlanta community with others via a number of social media and electronic communication options.
What opportunities will there be for kids to pray? Can I bring kids?
125 Hours of Prayer is open to people of all ages, so kids are welcome to join in the prayer. However, please note, there is no childcare offered at the Central Prayer Room or host sites when prayer is held.
Will food be provided?
Light snacks and beverages should be available for prayers at the Central Prayer Room and most host sites.