Q. How did the idea for 24-7prayer come about?
Greig: We were inspired by the 18th century Moravians who prayed non-stop for 100 years in shifts and in the process rewrote history, converting John Wesley along the way. I knew that God was calling his church to pray and that ‘we were bad at it’. After a chance visit to Hernnhut, the German village in which the 100-year prayer meeting, I figured that if the Moravians could do a century of 24/7 prayer, we could at least try for a month in our church back home.
That month went crazy as God showed up in the dedicated prayer room in miraculous ways. At the end of the first month we couldn’t stop. At the end of the second month the momentum was even greater, and then, in the third month of continuous intercession that single prayer room began to multiply all over the world.
Five years later, 24-7 prayer is in 65 nations, has missions movements targeting the high places in youth culture, has prayed continuously since September 1999 and is even establishing modern day monasteries based on the example of the ancient Celts.