Why Pray?

Many have come to realise that Oxford, so confident on the outside, is actually a city crying out for prayer. The streets cry out for prayer, as Healing on the Streets is just beginning to show; the Police are crying out for prayer, asking churches to 'adopt-a-cop' and partner with them in prayer for crime to be reduced; and Muslims are beginning to ask Christians to pray for healing for them.
 
All this is set against a backdrop of the city council attempting to drop the word ‘Christmas’, figures within the University becoming evermore confident of pushing their secularist agenda, and our own MP pushing for greater liberalisation of abortion laws.
 
What other cries for prayer exist in our own city? By coming together in prayer, the churches of Oxford can communicate prayer needs and together look to God to bring provision, peace, healing and revival to our communities.
 

Prayer Works!

    The birth of the church (Pentecost) took place in a prayer meeting (Acts 2)
    The exploding early church "joined together constantly in prayer" (Acts 1:14)
    The 18th Century Moravians began a 24-7 prayer meeting that lasted over a hundred years, mobilised 3000
      missionaries and converted many, including John Wesley
    Oxford Revivalist, George Whitfield, put the impact of his ministry down to the power of prayer
 
Around the world today, the church is hearing the call to prayer like at no other time. The 24-7prayer movement, which began in a small church 9 years ago, is now connected to over 12,400 prayer rooms across the world. Other prayer networks, such as the Global Day of Prayer, have emerged: the largest UK event gathering 11,000 people in a London stadium to pray.
 
Peter Wagner, says of all this "I sincerely believe that we are now in the beginning stages of the greatest movement of prayer in living memory". Others - like John Piper - agree "the return to prayer at the end of the 20th century is a remarkable work of God. It is full of hope for the awakening of the Church and the finishing of the Great Commission".
 

A Central Room

We believe that the Oxford Prayer Room will be a resource and catalyst for prayer across the city. Although initially a challenge to set-up, there are many benefits to a permanent, geographically central prayer room:
• A prayer room can develop a strong sense of God’s presence that helps people to engage with God’s heart in intercession; this sense can heighten over sustained periods of time
They can stimulate people to pray through creative prayer stations, or by giving freedom to include music with prayer; they provide a safe place for people to pray and worship freely, individually or in a group; and they can inform people’s prayer through informative displays
They help create a strong sense of community that is journeying together with God in prayer. The Prayer Room facilitates joint-church prayer groups to form around issues that are on God’s heart,and also provides an accountable, transparent space in which people can easily communicate prayer burdens, breakthroughs and challenges with others