House of Prayer
At the beginning of the Transforming Wigan journey many of us felt God calling us to build a House of Prayer. The new Order of Prayer is simply an important expression of this.
It’s interesting that God is calling people from all church traditions to be part of the Order. We may pray differently, but we are all prayer warriors, our hearts and voices caught up in unity by the Holy Spirit as we seek God’s best for Wigan. That’s what is so wonderful about the Order of Prayer: unity in diversity.
Early on we recognised the benefit of sharing a common “Way of Life”, drawing on the ancient wisdom of Christians who have committed to a life of prayer over the ages.
The Way of Life isn’t about by onerous legalism. It doesn’t specify how we pray, or when or how. After all, we’re all different and already have important commitments. Rather, it’s a simple promise that helps members keep focused and enables us to support one another. It’s about being in it together. - Rev. Phillip Anderson, Leader of the Order of Prayer.
Rev. Phillip Anderson
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OUR SIMPLE WAY OF LIFE
With God’s help, each member commits to the following:
1. I will offer my life to God each day as a living sacrifice, wanting to be transformed in Christ. I will dedicate at least 30 minutes every day to praying and seeking God’s voice for Wigan.
2. I will gather with other members of the Order every month, and contribute in some way to a monthly 24 hour Vigil of Prayer.
3. I will fast regularly: every week personally (although not necessarily from food), every month with others in the Order, to heighten my hunger for God.
4. I will feed on the Word of God daily.
5. I will give an account of myself – meeting every month with another trusted member of the Order – sharing honestly about how I am living out my commitment.
The Order offers this commitment to church and town:
1. We will pray daily for the needs of the Church and town of Wigan.
2. We will encourage and enable others to pray in our own worshipping communities.