Category Archives: 24/7 prayer

24 Event this Friday & Saturday!

Come one come all to the PA Statewide 24!

I am currently securing a 2nd mortgage to finance a Cheesesteak Challenge for 2 very special intercessory families – that’s 9 cheesesteaks. Hopefully we have a bunch of pictures and stuff of this joyful occasion.

40 Days for Life – Philly

Choose LifeJust posted this on the 24Philly blog:

Went to a breakfast meeting for a 40 day prayer/fast for Life and wanted to let the 24Philly readers know about it.

There will be a peaceful 40 day onsite prayer chain at a local suburban clinic, September 25 until November 3, rain or shine. The appropriate zoning and permits have been secured with the local officials. This is a non-political stand for the future of unborn children. If you are under the age of 35, like me, your life could have been terminated legally in this country – we are the lucky ones, the survivors. I don’t appreciate that my life was in potential jeopardy while in the womb in 1974, but am grateful for my mother’s love and care in bringing me to term. Millions of our would-be friends, classmates, and others were not as fortunate.

Abortion is the last in a long line of sad situations, in which men are always involved. If you are a man you may (indeed should) also stand for life by treating women with respect, to be intolerant of pornography and immoral relationships in your life, to be celibate if single or faithful to your spouse if married, to be open to considering adoption, and to have compassion and care for single moms and their children.

We also can express God’s love and compassion to post-abortive women, as well as those who are on the other side of this issue. Many of us are doing these things, and making a public stand for life is simply another way of expressing one’s beliefs.

On a personal level I am interested in petitioning God for the breakthrough. No political party can change people’s hearts. The hearts of many people must change or else any legal victory will only harden people and anger them. That is why I am also praying for God to break into the hearts of people, and into the church, so that we can meet the needs of people in more relevant ways.

If you are a pastor or leader and read this in the next couple days, there is another breakfast in Abington on September 11. The contact is the Urban Family Council 215-885-4237. I’ve left many specifics out of this blog post, but if you are interested just use the contact information.

www.40daysforlife.com
www.chooselifepa.org

At the 12 Today…

A homeless guy came in, with his three friends. They were golden retrievers.

Golden RetrieverGolden RetrieverFortunately they didn’t urinate on the equipment, nothing short-circuited, the music and prayer continued, and hopefully the guy felt the love of God.

Golden RetrieverI’m glad that didn’t happen during my slot or I may not have been as civil as the worship leader was. We don’t really have a policy for handling pets at the 12, so I’m sure there will be some sort of protocol established before next month’s event!

Alliances… & new blogs

Those of you who are longtime CBB readers have been subjected to untold angst at my attempts to find like-minded prayer worshipers out here among about 6 million people.

Just wanted to commend my “Bodybuilder” friends and their fledgling blog to you for another perspective on prayer here in Philly. After being back in PA for 3 years I have finally connected with them and their longtime ministry. Also for an update on the 24/7 week at Temple go to the 24 philly blog. Any other Philly prayer bloggers out there? Let’s all grab a cheesesteak!

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Bloggin’ in the Prayer Room

A few hours ago I was in the middle of a “24” (24 hour prayer session). We do them monthly at one of the churches I go to (there are… FOUR!… yeah seriously). I know there are rules in other HOPs forbidding the practice of prayer room blogging, but we are not anywhere close to legislating such laws around here! I achieved the task of upgrading the blog Banner that you have undoubtably noticed. The picture is of Philly as well!

Well it was way intense at times. At this point in time I am sort of a displaced prayer guy without a central base of operations. I must say that there is an awful lot I have fallen into prayer wise in the last 2 months. Now my Friday and Saturday looks like this (when there is a 24).

Friday 2-4 pm – Temple HOP session. Yesterday it took almost an hour to break through.

Friday 8-12 pm – “Watch of the Lord” at Jamie’s church. Didn’t do this last night, instead…

Saturday 4-6 am – Went to bed at 730 pm after fixin’ myself a pastrami with some horseradish. Sweet. Got up too late at 3am (HOP is 30 miles away) and almost was late. There was nothing to break through here because:

1. It is 4 am – prime prayer time

2. No unauthorized people in the room at 4 am. They are all ready to go.

3. Was fresh off of breaking through at Temple. It rocked.

I did Psalm 73, and had done Psalm 37 (it’s dyslexic twin Psalm) at Temple. I find a common thread in both of these regarding near burnout and dissillusionment, that I can really relate to. So we prayed for those struggling with maintaining a redemptive view of God. Powerful.

In case you’re wondering, all this driving does add up. I’m proud to say my ’90 Honda has passed the 290K mark!

Thoughts On Daniel

I posted this over at Sean’s blog. Sean is a wanna-be winner of the Cheesesteak Challenge who lives in Iowa and is most likely not going to make it out here to Philly in the next week to win the challenge. He was talking about Daniel and it so happens that I am also studying his slick navigation of the corporate world. It was a bummer that the IHOP webcast was not working this morning because I was looking forward to the workplace intercession. Anyway here is a little about Daniel.
I learn a lot about his TACT and PERSISTENCE in navigating the corporate world (it was actually the palace/educational system but it works for the corporate world too).

1. Daniel has a Dietary conviction based on God’s word
2. The Powers that be and peer pressure are in conflict with this, and would not be sympathetic with a plea for “respecting my religious convictions”. The argument must be what’s in it for THEM.
3. Daniel is in association with other likeminded buddies with the same convictions. Between the lines, this undoubtably helps with standing up to the Man.
4. Daniel tactfully approaches the department head with the request and is shot down.
5. Daniel is not deterred, and he figures out another plan. I think this is a little bit shrewd of him.
6. Daniel goes Under that guy’s head (not Over his head) and finds an unsuspecting guard in a lower position who has less responsibility and less at stake personally.
7. Through persuasion (and I would kind of like to (extra-biblically) surmise, the “Jedi Mind Trick”) Daniel is able to talk the guy’s language, and this dude gets to look like the Man because after 10 days the guys he supervises are smarter, better looking, and stronger than the rest.

Actually I feel compelled to attempt an exceedingly wimpy version of a Daniel fast at work. Instead of my beloved Tortillini with hot peppers and hot sauce and romano cheese, I am going to eat Albacore Tuna right out of the can for a month, and see if that helps my improving job situation. The tortillini is really good but really lowers my energy level. So today I bought about 15 cans of Tuna and will bring a small closet’s worth of breath mints to work as well.

And that is just the start of the book! As a side note, I do not think even Daniel would consent to the Cheesesteak Challenge, because he invented the Daniel Fast, which is intolerant to Cheesesteaks. Fortunately we are not under the ceremonial law anymore, right?!? I do not claim that a cheesesteak will increase your intelligence! CBB

Cheesesteak Challenge Winner, Part 2

Part 2: Here is the first WINNER of the Cheesesteak Challenge:

Winner of Cheesesteak Challenge
Jamie is a worship leader out here who has been doing 12 and 24 hour prayer sessions locally for close to a decade now. When I first moved to Philly 3 years ago I found out about his past involvement and briefly swapped emails a couple times but never got to meet him… until last month!

I recently found out about a Friday Night 8-12 that they do at his church only 15 minutes away from me (in Philly, NOTHING is only 15 minutes away!).
He also showed up for my Friday 2-4pm set at the Temple HOP. The TUHOP is currently under 10 structured hours per week, so I continue to maintain that Philly is the largest city without a significant HOP presence. This HOP is about 3 miles north of center city Philadelphia, which is a very sweet spot for prayer. Conversational highlights included the following:

1. How God has been raising up 24/7 in Philly, under the radar

2. Speculations on what the prayer movement in Philly is really like in terms of Ethnicity, Style, Focus and Vision

3. Prophetic Hip/Hop and Intercessory Rap (neither of us is adept at this as you can see from the photo)

4. The role of the Cheesesteak in eschatology (the End Times)

Jamie concurs with my theory that the last commercial subsector to hold out against the mark of the Beast will be Authentic Cheesesteak Joints (ACJs). This is because one of the marks of an ACJ (pun intended) is to take CASH ONLY. I put this to the test, paying for the challenge with a $50 dollar bill. The guy didn’t even flinch at this large denomination, which is often refused by credit card-friendly merchants.

ONLY 10 DAYS LEFT for the Cheesesteak Challenge!