In most ports that the OM Riverboat visits, there will always be one or sometimes a few ‘Concert of Prayer’ events held.
The name ‘Concert of Prayer’ implies a concentrated effort of prayer by the gathering of churches and people. It also suggests a weaving of the different strands to connect with God including worship and prayer.
Each ‘Concert of Prayer’ involves the unity of churches and people to pray over their churches, over their cities, over unreached people groups (Turkish, Syrians, and others) and over the entire world. It is the body of Christ working together to intercede for the things that are on God’s heart. For some, it’s the first time they pray with someone from another church for something as simple as their city, and as overwhelming as the world. The strength of unity and motivation to proclaim God’s power and leading during these prayer events have greatly encouraged participants.
“We need to accept the responsibilities as the Church of Jesus – to stand in the gap for His people,” shared Riverboat Director, Peter Nicoll, who led most of the ‘Concert of Prayer’ events. “We need to come to God on behalf of not just the city we are in, but for the country and for the world.”
One of the key focuses in the prayer event is praying for the revival of the local Churches to rise up in fulfilment of the great commission. Through that, it is hoped that there will be a renewed passion in Christians to share the Gospel and even be mobilised into the world as missionaries. “Is God saying to you that everything you are longing for is too small?” said Peter Nicoll, speaking from the scripture, Isaiah 49, during the event in Dordrecht. “His purpose for your life is for you to be witnesses not just here at home, but to the ends of the earth.”
“We are really happy that we came to attend this special prayer event,” some ladies commented after the event in Mannheim. “Within the family of God, there are no limits and there are no borders.” Another man who attended the event in Mainz said, “The world is different tonight because we, Christians in this city, met together to pray and cry out to God for the nation.”
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14