The Emmanuel Centre on Marsham Street in Westminster, London, resounded with joint prayers and worship of various denominations and networks as GDOP London joined forces with IHOP London for November’s powerful Night of Prayer.
Following on from the momentum of Carry The Torch at Wembley in September, over 600 people from a diverse mix of ethnic backgrounds, networks and denominations flocked to Westminster to pray for the nation, government and young people.
The IHOP London Director, Pastor Elcio Lodos from Brazil believes the National Day of Prayer and Worship at Wembley Stadium next year is going to be a historic moment: “We are really going to be making history. It’s so amazing that there’s going to be the first ever Christian event at the new Wembley stadium that is focussed on prayer. This is going to set a new standard and a new way for the Kingdom in the UK. So Christians should take hold of this opportunity.”
Also speaking at the Night of Prayer was Reverend Clive Urquhart, Senior Pastor of Kingdom Faith Church.
“Coming into next year there seems to be a gathering momentum around the country for something to happen in this nation. Everyone’s recognising that it can’t just happen through a few groups, or streams or denominations, but it needs the whole church to pray for the nation.”
The Night of Prayer comes in the wake of many denominations getting behind the vision to fill Wembley Stadium on 29thSeptember, 2012.
The director of mission for the Baptist Union of Great Britain Ian Bunce, was recently appointed as the national representative of the Baptist denomination for Wembley 2012.
He said: “I’m excited because I believe things will happen when we start to pray together and when we decide to unite our hearts and our minds on issues of seeing this nation changed.”
The Elim Pentecostal denomination, the Assemblies of God, the New Testament Church of God and the Redeemed Christian Church of God have all endorsed the day of prayer at Wembley and are getting behind it.
Eric Brown, Administrative Bishop of the New Testament Church of God for England & Wales said: "I think it will be a marvellous thing if the whole church community will come together and bow before the presence of God and invite His divine intervention in the affairs of this nation."
The Bishop of Barking David Hawkins on behalf of the Anglican Communion said: “We need a diverse church for a diverse society and to couple the best of our historic denominations with the energy of newer streams of church from Africa, Asia and South America.”
The GDOP London team is very encouraged by the unity across the nation as networks and organisations are now coming on board to form a coalition to make Wembley 2012 happen. Local churches and networks are being encouraged to appoint local, regional and national ambassadors towards the National Day of Prayer and Worship.
For further information and media enquires contact:
Peter Wooding: 01244 549167/07500 903067
Dr Jonathan Oloyede: 08456 528 600
Kim Dopson, GDOP Administrator: 08456 528 600 / 0208 853 9529
Carry The Torch was hosted by GDOP London in collaboration with denominations, national organisations, local churches and regional networks. The Wembley stadium National Day of Prayer and Worship scheduled for Saturday September 29, 2012 is an invitation to the whole of the British Isles. It is hoped that Christians from Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales will unite together to repent, pray for revival and collaborate for mission.
The Global Day of Prayer London (GDOP) is a movement of collaboration across the Christian Church in the capital towards Unity, Prayer and Transformation, and is part of a global network which began in South Africa at the turn of the Millennium. In 2009 over 250 million Christians united in 220 countries to pray. In London, GDOP has been a focus of prayer and Christian action since 2006 with prayer networks now in every London borough. West Ham Stadium 07, Millwall Football Stadium in 2008 and West Ham stadium in 2010 saw a combined attendance of 40,000 Christians attending.
Wembley 2012 Action Points
Churches, organisations and networks are being asked to appoint ambassadors towards the National Day of Prayer and Worship
Towns, villages and cities are being encouraged to nominate persons or teams who will be mobilise a delegation to the gathering.
Christians everywhere are being encouraged to indicate their intention to attend at www.gdoplondon.com
Believers everywhere to set their mobile phones to 12noon to pray the Lord’s Prayer and pray for the nation
Partners towards the event by making a donation through a standing order or texting 2012 £10 to 70070