During the first six months of 2014, more than 200 churches, schools and organisations in the Western Cape, George and Bloemfontein region, took part in a 24/7 prayer initiative, orchestrated by the Jericho Walls International Prayer Network.
According to Daniel Brink, regional prayer coordinator, the 200 groups that have heeded the call this year included more than 66 enthusiastic prayer stations throughout the city of George and Stellenbosch. “More than 50 groups registered in Stellenbosch, including 31 schools praying during every break-time. Many people are talking about an expectation for a coming wave of revival!” shared Brink.
As reported in Gate Way News earlier this month, approximately 120 church leaders, representing 30 different communities, gathered in Cape Town to consider the status of the ‘City-Wide Prayer Movement’ and ultimately gave their approval for it. “Since then, we have had a leadership gathering in the Franschoek, Paarl and Wellington area and those who attended committed to establishing a prayer watch during the first week of September.”
He confirmed that a leadership gathering has also been planned by ‘Jesus in Aksie’ for the Brackenfell, Kuilsriver and Kraaifontein area on August 5, 2014 and in the Helderberg, Gordons Bay and Macassar area on August 21, 2014.
As a result of last year’s prayer watch, many answers to prayer were reported and many groups are planning follow-up weeks of prayer. At least 11 community-based prayer networks have been formed to strengthen the initiative on a local level. “As reports are coming in, it is becoming clear that there is a remnant of the nation that has a growing desire for a renewed spiritual awakening across the country. In many cases people are taking hands across the borders of their own congregation to gather as communities before God, “ said Brink.
He reported that the trend has expressed itself in various ways in recent months with most people initiating 24/7 prayer chains. “Some towns divided the town and allocated a number of streets to be prayer-walked by each congregation. Others organised prayer meetings every night and had special events for the youth and children.”
JWIPN is hoping that more than 500 churches or groups throughout what is called the ‘Southern Gate of Africa’ will participate in the seven weeks of intensified prayer from September 1, 2014 to October 19. It has made various resources, prayer material and short video clips available for interested churches and other groups.