We started in 1999, when a simple student-led prayer vigil went viral and groups all over the world joined in to pray. Now, over two decades later, thousands of communities have taken part in 24-7 Prayer in churches, communities and cities in over half the countries on earth.
We launched the first prayer room in a warehouse on the south coast of England way back in 1999. Why? Well… One. Prayer’s pretty much the heart of everything else in the Christian life. Two. We were really, really bad at it…
Surprisingly, young people flocked to that first prayer room, even at night. They prayed with words, graffiti and weird music. And God seemed to like it a lot in there. Even atheists said they could feel His presence. And then one day, the whole thing went viral…
A poem scribbled on the prayer room wall suddenly took on a life of its own. Within weeks The Vision had reached 100,000 underground churches in China, 400,000 young people in Washington DC, and it had been choreographed in Spain and remixed by DJs from Sweden to NYC.
The last time we counted, that first prayer room had touched more than two million people in more than 10,000 prayer rooms in most denominations and more than half the nations on earth. Today we’re still praying non-stop, night-and-day, from the slums of Delhi to a brewery in Missouri to a punk festival in Germany. Oh, and in churches and cathedrals too.
Along the way this accidental movement of prayer, mission and justice has attracted media attention from Rolling Stone to Reader’s Digest. And it’s started new initiatives and prayer tools like Prayer Spaces in Schools, Order of the Mustard Seed, 24-7 Ibiza, The Prayer Course, Lectio 365 and 24-7 Communities; a growing global network committed to spiritual formation and social transformation.