Twenty-one Seconds…


Even in the busiest of Advent Season times, twenty-one seconds is easy to find.  Less than one-half of one minute.  That is how long it takes to pray the Prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:  “Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”  (Matthew 6:9-13 KJV)


Terry Teykl reviews in an article in the “Good News”  (Nov./Dec. 2015) magazine about Jeremiah Lampier’s noon time prayer meeting that began in 1857 in an abandoned New York City church.  Six people showed up thirty minutes late at the first meeting.  Long, inspiring story short…a million people came to Christ from this noon time meeting and a big ‘move of God’ in what is referred to as “The Fulton Street Revival” began and spread all over NYC and the east coast.


Teykl says “In a crazy and mixed-up world of random shootings and temptations to sin, I love the idea of someone at noon asking God to deliver me or you from evil.  Perhaps in such corporate agreement we could minimize evil’s assaults and maximize divine guardianships.”  The “Pray Down at High Noon” prayer effort came from Terry Teykl which has become “the largest 21-second daily prayer meeting in the world!”


Next time you are tempted to cringe at all the evil around you, how about praying instead?  Even if just you and God show up, eternity will reveal just how much good your “Shameless audacity” in prayer will bring by just you, one person, praying this prayer daily and meaning it!


Phyllis Dickinson

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