WILMINGTON — Talk about a prayer that goes on and on. Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Burn 24/7 Community Prayer Room in Wilmington, the only prayer premises in Ohio staffed around-the-clock.
There are 58 people who have a regularly scheduled time slot to be on-site in the building on Main Street in downtown Wilmington. There, they cry out to heaven on behalf of those who are broken on earth.
Those regular watchmen — their name comes from Isaiah in the Bible — are members of 27 different congregations in the area.
When the community prayer room opened on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 30, 2009, the plan was to hold the prayer ministry night and day for one week, said Wilmington House of Prayer Director Robyn Morris. The landlord had said they could have the building for a month.
Continuing the ministry that month was a week-to-week situation, Morris recalled Friday.
“After that, there was no reason to stop,” she said, adding there were multiple reasons to keep on sitting with people and lifting up their burdens through prayer.
Now, five years later, people expect the prayer room to be open and staffed. But it’s not easy to sustain the prayer room 24 hours a day, seven days a week, said Morris. There are four other staffed 24/7 prayer spots in the United States, all of them in bigger towns: Kansas City, Atlanta, Orlando and Hollywood.
“We could use more watchmen,” she said.
Morris and the other watchmen keep going, she said, “Because the Lord is worthy of a people partnering in prayer.”
She said she sees fruits of the prayer ministry in people’s lives. And people “do come back to tell us their prayers are answered,” she said.
The always-open prayer room fills a need in the community, she feels.
Some people go there to be prayed for personally by a watchman, and leave encouraged, said Morris.
“They want us here,” she said. “Why would you quit?”
Gary Huffenberger can be reached at 937-382-2574, ext. 2512 or on Twitter @GHuffenberger.