S Norfolk churches engage in night prayer battle
An overnight prayer battle was launched in South Norfolk on June 21 when a Baptist chapel was turned into a World War II-style battle plotting room for the night with a number of local churches joining the fray. Keith Morris reports.
Pictured top, the prayer battle team at Carleton Rode Baptist Church and, above Rev Mark Taylor and Rev Jenny Cooper with the Battle Map.
Over 30 Christians from Baptist, Anglican, evangelical, pentecoastal and independent churches joined organser Rev Mark Taylor at Carleton Rode Baptist Church.
Mark said: “I had a vision of a World War II battle planning room - I was standing in the room and looking at the battle map, it then changed into a map of South Norfolk and the battle plotting room turned into the Chapel. The map was on the floor and the balcony at the Chapel was full of people looking down on the map and praying. As they prayed the battle figures on the map moved to the areas being prayed for.
“Inspired by this vision and Ezekiel's
siege of Jerusalem in Ezekiel 4:1-3, we organised a night of prayer on midsummer’s night to pray for South Norfolk and we called on every church and Christian in the area bound by Wymondham, Attleborough, Banham, Tibenham, Great Moulton, Tasburgh
and surrounding villages - Carleton Rode, Bunwell, Spooner Row
, etc to come and join together with us.”
“Our purpose for the night was to pray, discern, and prophecy over this area, inspired by Ezekiel’s siege of Jerusalem. We want to see this area experience an outpouring of grace and blessing from God,” said Mark.
Christians from across South Norfolk joined the event which lasted from 9pm to 6am and included sessions of praise and prayer over a giant-sized Battle Map of the entire area. The release of Sky Lanterns was planned to carry prayers into the darkness over the community and refreshment periods and a closing breakfast sustained participants.