As London Christians gathered in every borough of the capital on Pentecost Sunday to pray for God to heal Britain, Global Day of Prayer London convener Jonathan Oloyede called on Christians to prepare for a National Day of Prayer at West Ham Stadium June 13
“All over the globe it’s estimated that over 250 million have been gathering together celebrating Pentecost Sunday, which is the official birthday of the church,” explained Oloyede, while attending a prayer event at Peckham Arch in the London borough of Southwark.
He added: “As we have asked people to gather locally in our boroughs we’re also asking the whole nation to come down to West Ham stadium June 13 to prepare the nation for what is to come.
“We’re asking God to open up a New Britain, that it no longer is to be broken Britain, but for it to be healed. We’re inviting churches to come to West Ham and send a delegation to come down as a church as a family and come and join thousands of other people as we pray ‘Lord heal our land.’”
During this year’s Pentecost Sunday GDOP London facilitated prayer services and events in churches, parks and various venues in all 33 London boroughs. There were over 50 different programmes that took place in London to commemorate GDOP 2010.
Oloyede says when Christians come together in unity to pray for the nation it’s like a taste of heaven: “It’s a wonderful feeling because it’s just like Revelation 7:9 where people from every tribe, nation and tongue come to worship at the throne of the lamb. This is like a foretaste of heaven when we’re lifting up holy hands united at the throne room of God worshipping. It’s an indescribable feeling. You have to be there to appreciate it when you’re worshipping with Christians of different traditions but united by the blood of the Lord and by the Cross.”
GDOP London has invited a wide array of worship leaders for the National Day of Prayer event at West Ham stadium June 13 including Graham Kendrick, Noel Robinson, Godfrey Birtil, the All Souls Orchestra, X Factor finalist Beverley Trotman and many others.
Oloyede concluded by saying that his passion is for Christians to take up the challenge of ongoing prayer for the nation as preparations are already underway for a national day of prayer at Wembley stadium in 2011: “The Lord has given us a very clear instruction that we need to have ongoing prayer.
“The church needs to be on its knees permanently interceding not just for herself but for the whole nation. We’re calling on Christians everywhere to set their mobile phones to noon everyday and when their mobile phones go off they should pray the Lord’s prayer wherever they are. We’re also calling for every church in the nation to take one day in the month where they will pray and fast so we can build towards a much bigger national day of prayer at Wembley stadium in 2011.”
An audio interview with GDOP London Convener Jonathan Oloyede is available upon request from Peter Wooding at: email@example.com
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The Global Day of Prayer London (GDOP) is a movement of collaboration across the Christian Church in the capital towards Unity, Prayer and Transformation, and is part of a global network which began in South Africa at the turn of the Millennium. In 2009 over 250 million Christians united in 220 countries to pray. In London, GDOP has been a focus of prayer and Christian action since 2006 with prayer networks now in every London borough. West Ham Stadium 07, and Millwall Football Stadium in 2008, saw a combined attendance of 30,000 Christians attending. Organisers hold a vision to host the 2011 event at Wembley Stadium.
Peter Wooding is an award-winning TV, radio and print journalist and media consultant having spent 10 years as news editor with UCB Radio in the UK. He has traveled extensively reporting from countries including Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, Dubai, South Korea, Zambia, Gambia, Mozambique, Croatia, Israel and India. He reports regularly for CBN News, KCBI radio, ASSIST News and Sorted Magazine. Peter and wife Sharon live in North Wales, UK with their three children.
Passionate to see God’s Justice and Mercy impact lives, Peter is director of a new UK ministry Mercy Project International (www.mercyproject.org.uk) to help at-risk young people in Ukraine, Russia, Armenia, Kosovo, the Middle East and beyond. Contact Peter for consultation at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. +44 1244 549167/+44 7500 903067.