In the year 555 a 24 hour prayer watch began in Bangor, Ireland. There were about 2000-3000 people living in that community. They would pray, praise and worship God in alternating shifts. They based this 24 hour praise and worship on the system of Temple praise and worship in Jerusalem. They stressed praise and intercession!
They set up one main rule to follow: “Let the many keep awake in community a third of all the nights of the year in order to read aloud from the Book and to expound judgment and to sing blessings together.” In each 24 hour period 1/3 of the people would pray, read the scriptures and worship day and night in shifts. Some would sleep while others worshipped. They were worshipping and watching around the clock. This continued for several hundred years.
They prayed for persons to be saved and sanctified and dedicated individuals to ministry. They prayed for those kings in authority as stated in the book of Timothy. The fall of the Roman Empire took place at this time and the “Dark Ages” came upon Europe. The prayer watch from Bangor birthed missionaries to go out throughout Europe to take out the light and hope of the Gospel. Evangelist were shaking Europe! During this watch Bangor became the center of revival for that continent because God was in their midst.
When the watch ceased problems began to manifest in Ireland as God’s hand lifted. Can we learn lessons from this historical account? There is much division in that area even today.
Point to Ponder: “When we calmly reflect upon the fact that the progress of our Lord’s Kingdom is dependent upon prayer, it is sad to think that we give so little time to the holy exercise. Everything depends upon prayer, and yet we neglect it not only to our own spiritual hurt, but also to the delay and injury of our Lord’s cause upon earth. The forces of good and evil are contending for the world. Had there been importunate, universal and continuous prayer by God’s people, long ere this, the earth had been possessed for Christ.” - E.M. Bounds.