When it comes to ensuring a church’s ‘prayer engine’ is constantly running, the congregation size is irrelevant, says Richard Buxton, who founded the prayer centre at Ealing Christian Centre with his wife Rajinder 15 years ago. “It really depends on the understanding of the importance of prayer,” says Richard.
“One of the problems we have in the modern generation is that prayer and prayer meetings tend to be the ones that get neglected because of the business of life. I think the reason for this is that people don’t understand the power and importance of prayer. “If they did, then it would be prioritised more. I don’t think it depends on the size of a church, I think it depends on the commitment of the congregation that would be far more significant.
“When we understand that we are in a spiritual battle, and prayer needs to be part of it, that it is the weapon that we have, then we start taking prayer seriously and we’ll start seeing all kinds of consequences as a result of prayer.”
The Prayer Centre at Ealing comprises 25–30 people as the core team. There are many volunteers as well as two full-time and one part-time prayer co-ordinators. Richard explains, “There’s always somebody praying, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We also have telephone lines where people in the community can phone in and give their prayer requests.
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