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!
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Part 2: Here is the first WINNER of the 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!
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Well the Cheesesteak Challenge is going strong. I appreciate all the comments and interaction this blessed challenge has wrought so far.
Many of you are unable to make it to Philly during February for the challenge and I must say in the words of the late Phil Hartman (Bill Clinton impersonator) of SNL, “Ah feel your pain…”
WE HAVE A WINNER!
The Challenge was imbibed at Steve’s Prince of Steaks, one block west of Cottman (rt 73) on Bustleton in the City of Philadelphia.
Steve’s is without question a legitimate establishment, boasting
- Cash Only,
- Extensive Condiment Bar
- Metallic External Appearance
- Ordering Protocols (strictly enforced)
Who will be the next winner? Stay tuned. Also please take a moment to study the photo on the right because you will see many of the features that make Steve’s Prince of Steaks such a reputable institution.
In PART 2 of this post you will meet the first Winner of the Challenge, which ENDS at the end of February.
ONLY 10 DAYS LEFT for the Cheesesteak Challenge!
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Taking a cue from Mr. Blanc, who swears against the offending Snap Preview popups, I am ridding CBB of them for the time being.
I know it’s still Global Bridegroom Fast time, but today begins week 2 of the Cheesesteak Challenge! Mmmm!
I’m on board with the Global Bridegroom Fast after a 2 month hiatus. I didn’t even attempt this in December, and last month was New Year’s, so I wimped out for that too.
Whoever was on the 10am and 2 pm slots especially today was hitting the spot! I have the luxury of dialing into the webcast during work courtesy of the minimized Windows Media player, and hooked into those slots, which really made it tough to sit still in my seat and work like all the other good employees.
Really thankful to have a group of people with a structure for regular spiritual disciplines that I can connect to in a virtual way.
Today is Day 1 of the Cheesesteak Challenge. Prior cheesesteak postings HERE
I’ve noticed a few things about Philly.
1. Largest city in the country (6 million in metro, 1.5 in city limits) withOUT a house of prayer.
2. Other than a handful of indiginous locals, not too many people on the national prayer/prophetic/worship scene pass through here.
3. A lot of locals really do care about the city and are moving in from the suburbs, waiting for God’s strategy.
It is in this spirit that I have created the Challenge.
*** If you are an intercessory missionary (20 or more hrs/wk) and in the area for a visit during February, I want to meet you!
*** Leave a comment, and I will buy you a cheesesteak when you visit.
*** If you know of someone who would fit this description and enjoy such an experience, forward this post.
*** If you are a likeminded local with a history of prayer & getting things done toward this end, let me know as well!
*** I will figure out a way to accomodate vegans who qualify for the Challenge.
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Thursday begins the madness! Tomorrow I will be discussing / mapping out the Approved locations for an ACE. See the Terms & Conditions here.
Networking prayer, one at a time.
If you have read this blog much, you will note that my primary vice is that of gluttony – specifically CHEESESTEAK related gluttony. The real ones come in one size – footlong. Therefore to imbibe a cheesesteak is to partake albeit temporarily for some, in the mortal sin of gluttony.
Nevertheless, I greatly enjoy the Philly Cheesesteak. This genre of culination has been often imitated but with few successes, outside of even the city limits of Philadelphia. Even the suburban versions are noticeably different. Cross the Susquehanna a hundred miles to the west and you are taking a gamble. Many of even the cheesesteak elect have been deceived by “False Cheesesteak Experiences”.
But before I digress, I want to alert all non-vegetarian intercessors to the “Cheesesteak Challenge” which will involve the networking of prayer warriors in various locales through the humanitarian/culinary device of the Cheesesteak. Hear me out on this one!
But first, you must understand that there are false cheesesteaks, and authentic cheesesteaks. Among True Cheesesteaks, there are False Cheesesteak Experiences and Authentic Cheesesteak Experiences. I am proposing an ACE for you if you qualify.
To Be Continued: Monday
CHARACTERISTICS OF AUTHENTIC CHEESESTEAK EXPERIENCES (ACEs)