A worldwide call to tell the stories of answered prayer “to make hope visible during lockdown” has been issued by a group from one of the countries hardest bit by COVID – Britain.
The Answered Prayer Challenge – an initiative of a group called the “Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer” – aims to flood social media with stories of hope and faith in Christ during lockdown, from January 25.
The campaign seeks selfie-style videos in landscape format to be uploaded to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, tagging @eternalwalluk with the #answeredprayerchallenge hashtag. Contributors are then asked to nominate three friends to do the same.
“Our aim is to flood social media through January and February with good news stories showing that Jesus is alive, he listens to our prayers and he answers them,” says the campaign’s leader Richard Gamble. “We believe this will bring encouragement to thousands of people.”
“The key is to show that Jesus is still moving. No matter how big or small your story is, send it in. It will encourage others and make hope visible at this tough time. We can do this with your help!”
Gamble is a former chaplain of Leicester City Football Club. He is also CEO of the Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer, a 51-metre-high monument planned for Birmingham in Northern England which will be constructed using one million bricks. Each brick will represent an answered prayer shared by a member of the public.
That UK monument may or may not capture the imagination of Eternity readers in Australia, but how about the initiative to add answered prayer to your internet output? Why not?
Think of a prayer that God has answered for you.
Record a short video on your phone sharing that answered prayer (1-2 minutes, landscape format). The video could be as simple as including these three key elements: What was your situation? How did you pray? How did Jesus answer your prayer?
Nominate three people to take part in the answered prayer challenge.
Post your video and nominations on your social media on January 25 and tag @eternalwalluk and use #answeredprayerchallenge
Your post could read: “Here’s my story of hope for the @eternalwalluk #answeredprayerchallenge. I nominate @friend1 @friend2 and @friend3. Let’s make hope visible!”