Held once a month, the week-long morning (and evening) prayer meetings is a highly anticipated feature of City Harvest Church (CHC). From 8 to 12 June 2009, alarm clocks rang in the wee hours of the morning as thousands in CHC made their way to the various venues for the morning prayer meetings at 7am.
Although many find it a struggle to wake up early for an entire week, without a doubt, all who attended the morning prayer have had their passion for prayer strengthened, and their hunger for an encounter with God, deepened. It was truly amazing to see how the prayer meetings drew people from all walks of life, from different backgrounds and age groups, to a common purpose. Adults in their office wear, students in their uniforms, and even the elderly turned up in full force at the various locations.
Numbers was not the only factor that was evident, the quality of the people’s prayer showed plainly through their fervency. The people set up “personal altars” and prayed with focus to hear from God. While some preferred to pace back and forth while praying, others contemplated on verses in the bible; most preferred to sit down and pray with hands uplifted. No matter the different styles of engaging God in prayer, the same fire was available to all who sought after it. Towards the end of the prayer meetings, the atmosphere was noticeably charged with a mighty presence of God, as faith rose in the hearts of the people. At the close of the hour-long prayer session, the crowd prayed corporately for the needs of the church, crying out to God for a greater move in the coming months.
Prayer is a cornerstone of the church, the fire that fuels every believer, and is our connection to the living God. Through the week of prayer, many experienced for themselves how fresh fire from heaven falls when we humble ourselves and seek God wholeheartedly. Truly, prayer should always be a lifestyle for all believers!
|PHOTOS: Aaron Low Gabriel Seow, Jason Lee, Raymond Lee|