Prescott Prayer Letter: An Answer To Prayer

We’ve just launched the website for Taryn’s ‘Songs of the Bride’ album! You can now listen to the whole album online, find the lyrics to sing along with, and even download the chords to play the songs yourself.

In March we wrote, that we were “wondering whether we might be able to record a selection of the songs Taryn has written sometime soon, perhaps releasing a collection of ‘Songs of the Bride’ to coincide with the upcoming Royal Wedding and the next 24:7 Prayer Week”
and asked if you would “Please pray for all the various arrangements and negotiations which will be necessary to facilitate such a project, as well as for the musical and financial resources…” As it turned out, the very week before we were due to go to the studio, God provided the exact amount of money we needed to pay for the two days of recording time we had booked. He is faithful.

Now that we have the privilege of seeing our words become flesh, we want to say a big Thank-You to all of you who have been supporting us in prayer. So in the run-up to the album being released for sale on iTunes, we’re giving away the track ‘Face to Face’ for you to download, free of charge! And if you like it, then please share the link with your friends, church, worship team, youth group, CU, home group, prayer triplet, &cetera.

Grace and peace,
Peter & Taryn

Next Comes Pentecost

So, the Prayer Week finished on Saturday. As a sort of climax to the week, about ten of us gathered in the University church, the Great St. Mary’s. We marked the reading of Acts 2, the story of the first outpouring of the Spirit upon the church at Pentecost, by lighting candles and praying for the fire of God’s love once again to set this city alight.

After all that, I know the question on everyone’s lips is, ‘What next?’

Well, having ended the Prayer Week with a reminder of what happened to the early church at Pentecost, we are now looking to join in with that which is happening across the world at Pentecost — the ‘Global Day of Prayer’. On Pentecost Sunday, Christians will be gathering in *every single nation of the world* to come together in prayer and repentance. (For the story of how this has come to be, go to the GDOP website.)

Here in Cambridge, we will be gathering on the afternoon of Pentecost Sunday to get together from different churches to release 1000 helium balloons into the sky as a visual sign of the prayers that we are offering up towards heaven — and (even better!) to share the good news of our Lord Jesus with those in the town.

In the run-up to Pentecost Sunday, many across the world will be praying non-stop for ten days from 2-12 June — just as the disciples spent ten days “praying continually in one accord” (Acts 1:14) after Jesus’ ascension into heaven. In Cambridge, we are trying to fill the ten days with continual prayer by having different churches each take responsibility for a single day. If your church could take part in this chain of unified prayer, then please let me know.

We’ll also, again with the Global Day of Prayer (and other prayer initiatives, including 24-7 Prayer International) be encouraging Christians to set their alarms to pray the Lord’s Prayer daily at midday. (In fact, why don’t you do it now!) Check out our blog over the next couple of weeks as we look at 24 tips on prayer from the Lord’s Prayer in Luke 11.

Grace and peace,
Peter

Light The Fire!

Beloved brothers and sisters,

Thank-you for letting me continue to share with you the burden God has put upon my heart.

The third of the verses which has captivated my imagination is Leviticus 24:7.

Ever since discovering that 1 Chronicles 24:7ff. seems to describe the Temple priests doing 24:7 Prayer, I have had a certain fondness for ‘chapter 24 verse 7’s. While I wouldn’t recommend that you make this your usual way of reading the Bible, I have discovered another gem in Lev. 24:7. The chapter begins with God commanding Moses that in the tabernacle, the place of prayer, there should be “a flame burning continually”. Then when we come to verse 7, it speaks of ‘pure frankincense’ (which represents prayer, Rev.5:8) being given as ‘an offering by fire to the Lord’ — which when you think of it, is quite an apt verse for what a 24:7 Prayer Week is all about: fiery prayer offered continually to God.

And just because God is hilariously awesome, we have visiting the city and helping fill the hours of the Prayer Week a YWAM ‘Fire and Fragrance’ team (Youth With A Mission is the world’s largest missions organisation; if you’d like to know what the ‘Fire and Fragrance’ bit means, I recommend the book of the same name by Sean Feucht and Andy Byrd — we actually have a copy in the Prayer Room or you can buy it.

But there’s more: this week the Great St Mary’s is reading through the whole of the King James Bible. And I signed up — and have been allocated the reading of the beginning of Acts, starting at 9am. Getting to read the story of the first revival in the history of the multi-lingual church in the official University Church of one of the most multi-lingual cities in the world seems to good an opportunity for some symbolic demonstration of the word of God.

So I am now inviting whoever is willing, to join me in the Great St Mary’s for another ‘Prayer Flashmob’.

The plan is this, to gather as many people as we can into the Great St Mary’s to listen to the reading of Acts 1-2. I will have a lighted candle at the front where I will sit reading. If everyone else also brings candles, then when we reach the beginning of chapter 2, someone can come to the front and light their candle from mine, and from theirs the flame can spread to everyone who has gathered with us to pray.

To pray what? you ask.

To pray that the Holy Spirit would once again come like fire upon the Church.
To pray that God would restore in this city the fire and the fragrance of prayer and all that flows from the place of united Christ-centred prayer.
To pray that Jesus would once again seal us, His Bride, with the fire of His love, a love that is stronger than death, more jealous than the grave, and which cannot be quenched. Not by anything.

And should they say that we are foolish and drunk, I will declare that it’s only nine in the morning!
Not for nothing is my name Peter.

Will you join me?

Your brother in Christ,
Peter

Restore Our Heritage!

Grace and peace!

Let me continue sharing what God has put on our hearts this Prayer Week, and may it be an encouragement to all of you.

The second of the three passages we have been particularly inspired by is Joel 2’s instruction to call a solemn assembly of prayer. In particular we have been encouraged by the promise of Joel 2:16-17 that

    when all of the people respond to that call and pray “Lord, restore your heritage”, *then* the Lord will be zealous and have mercy, restoring what the locusts have eaten and afterwards pouring out the Spirit in power

.

We have identified seven ‘ancient wells’ of Christian virtue that are evident in Cambridge’s history which we pray God would restore: persevering in Prayer, making known the Word of God, seeking Wisdom, expressing Creativity, speaking out for Justice, extending Mercy, and going in Mission. We are partnering with Christian Heritage to do a free Guided Walk each day (from the Round Church, 2-3pm) on the relevant theme, as well as daily putting up a video on Youtube and a post on Blogspot to try and inspire people to join us in praying for restoration and revival in every sphere of life.

Today we are praying for Wisdom. Please join us at 2pm at the Round Church if you’re around!

Your partner in prayer,
Peter

Let The Bride Come!

Brothers and sisters in Christ!

We are two days into the 24:7 Cambridge Prayer Week, and there has been much happening. I thought I would share the news thus far and hopefully encourage you.

This Prayer Week we have been particularly inspired by three different Biblical passages.

The first is Song of Songs 2:10 and onwards, where the Bridegroom calls his Bride: “Arise my beloved, my beautiful one, and come away with me!”

Having begun the work of re-establishing 24:7 Prayer Weeks in Cambridge while Taryn my bride was on the other side of the globe due to the refusal of her visa, I have found myself beginning to understand better what it means that the Church is called ‘the Bride of Christ’. And when I discovered that the Royal Wedding was happening the day before the Prayer Week was due to start, it seemed to make sense to capitalise on this piece of divine providence in some way. So we celebrated the ‘Royal Wedding’ not of Prince William (now Duke of Cambridge — just in case you needed proof that the timing of the wedding truly does have significance for our city!) but of Jesus the King of Glory with a ‘Prayer Flashmob’ at 2:10pm (in reference of Song of Songs 2:10) on Saturday afternoon.

We were then able to go on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire on Sunday morning to talk about how twenty or so of us had gathered for this ‘Prayer Flashmob’. We were also able to play one of Taryn’s songs — one of seven ‘Songs of the Bride’ which she recorded somewhat hastily (a mere sixteen hours spent in the studio) just this past week so that they would be ready to call the Bride of Christ in Cambridge to prayer this week.

I’ll try and write about the other two passages tomorrow.

Grace and peace,
Peter