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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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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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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