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9th October 2014
Last week a group of us from King's – including the three of us on Impact – spent two days in Sidcup praying with around 200 other leaders from our New Ground family of churches. As an Impacter I was interested to find out about how Prayer & Equipping works. Formerly it's been known as Prayer and Fasting, but it's been no secret that everyone sneaks off for a curry in the evening between prayer sessions!
The main aim during these two New Ground prayer days is really just to seek God and pray into what He has promised for us. Each session began with a time of worship, which was deep, passionate and intimate, with a whole-hearted focus on honouring Jesus and putting him at the forefront of everything we would be praying for.
The phrase 'covered in prayer' possibly wouldn't do justice to the amount that we sought God for over the two days. A whole spectrum of subjects were raised, from the New Ground weekend in Ashburnham next August and the 321 guests on Alpha courses in our churches, to the hearts of the generation of 20s and 30s, and the strengthening of marriages in the UK.
For me, one of the stand-out sessions focused on praying for the nations within Europe. Though I haven't felt a strong calling to Europe before, one of the things that God put on my heart as we prayed was the political situation in many European nations, and about the powerful influence of the EU: with this in mind, I found that God had more to say about the power of His Church, and that His vision reaches more widely than ours ever could.
My fellow Impacters Zoe and Tamara agreed that this session was a highlight. Zoe said: "Praying for Europe was really insightful – I felt much more connected to the other nations." Tamara added that she "really enjoyed meeting with friends, and with leaders from other churches in New Ground".
Renowned speakers such as Adrian Holloway, who has spoken regularly at Newday, and Phil Moore, led different sessions. Phil's preach focused on the early 20th century missionary James Fraser, who had a huge calling over his life to reach Lisuland, a remote area of China that hadn't been reached by the gospel. As Phil explained, many lessons could be learnt from Fraser's trepidation, but also about how God works and how He is always faithful. One of Fraser's memorable quotes was: "I feel my weakness very much, yet the Lord seems to delight in making His power perfect in weakness."
The evening's curry and following day's McDonald's were also highlights of an intense two days! But even over food we found ourselves talking about everything that God had done and spoken to us about already. I'm full of faith that these two days have not only helped us to persevere in prayer with big issues, and in a sense to widen our field of vision, but also that God has used this time to equip us for the coming months and years, and to learn to follow Him more passionately.
Posted by Sian Francis-Cox