Southern Hospitality ~ Prayer as Family

hos·pi·tal·i·ty

[hos-pi-tal-i-tee]

1. the friendly reception and treatment of guests or strangers.
2. the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly, generous way.
3. a core value of 24-7prayer.com and their “Boiler Rooms/Urban Monasteries”
See also fam·i·ly   [fam-uh-lee, fam-lee]

I spent much of last week at the USA National Gathering of 24-7 prayer.com, and got my first taste of Southern hospitality.

Re-routed due to tornadoes, our flight arrived late to Tulsa International Airport.  Waiting for us was Jordan and his dilapidated van.

As the ailing vehicle roared and sputtered down quiet streets, Jordan introduced us to the basics of speaking Oklahomese.  “Gollee!”

When we arrived at our billet’s house, our orientation continued.  Kirk and I asked the question that was foremost in our minds, post-Joplin tornado disaster.  “Where is your basement?”

“Basements?  No one here in Tulsa has basements – if the storms come we’ll all just meet in the bathroom.”

Tornado un-preparedness aside, our hosts warmly welcomed us into their family.  Their two year old, Daisy, adopted me as her very own Jill.

The next day when we arrived at the conference, we were adopted by many, many others.  Many many many others.

I’ve never seen the “Spirit of adoption” work horizontally before, and never heard it articulated as such.  But let me tell you, these 24-7ers know a thing or two about family.

Check out this warm hello from two of the National Leaders:

These guys don’t just do prayer meetings together.  They do life.  In the context of the “Boiler Rooms”, or Urban Monasteries, they eat together regularly, meet in each other’s homes, and love their neighbors together.  They aren’t about adding another meeting to an already busy schedule, delegating prayer to the “to do” list.

They are about being the loving presence of a people of prayer in their communities.

One thought on “Southern Hospitality ~ Prayer as Family

  1. Yes, these communities do life in the church, not just prayer meetings, it’s not perfect, but it is sure alive. A living, loving, organic church life experience.

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