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!
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.
Posted in 24/7 prayer, boiler room, Cheesesteak, frugal, Frugality, IHOP, intercessors, JHOP, nightwatch, Prophetic, prophetic history
Ok, I admire this family’s commitment to the nightwatch, as well as their preferred volume, but they need to find some industrial zoning for this stuff before they make their neighbors any more angry at them! Germany is de-churched enough as is without alienating people by having warfare prayer in the living room of a rowhouse at 3am.
Family faces eviction for loud night prayers
Thu Aug 17, 2006 10:26 AM ET
BERLIN (Reuters) – A seven-member family faces eviction from an east Berlin apartment tower after neighbors complained about loud prayer sessions that keep the whole building awake at night, a German newspaper said Thursday.”I really don’t want to disturb the neighbors but the high volume is needed in the battle against the devil,” Pierre D., the 42-year-old father of the Christian family, told Bild newspaper. He is fighting an eviction order in court.
Neighbors told Bild the screams and singing that are part of the family prayers in the second storey sometimes begin at 2:30 a.m. and can be heard all the way up to the fifth floor.
“We have to work in the morning and need our sleep,” said taxi driver Horst Berghahn, who lives on the third floor. He said he asked the family to lower the volume several times since they moved into the building 10 months ago but to no avail.