The UK claims to be a secular nation, but I have written elsewhere on this blog about how lockdown life has seen a surge in people praying. What’s clear is that many of us turn to prayer in times of crisis, whether or not we are people of faith.
With this in mind, I’ve been really excited to read about an enormous new national prayer monument, which will be more than twice the size of the Angel of the North in Gatehead.
The Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer is currently being built in Coleshill, on the outskirts of Birmingham, with the aim of:
- Preserving our nation’s Christian heritage
- Inspiring the nation to pray
- Revealing how and why Jesus answers prayer
Taking the shape of an infinity loop, to represent the fact that God has no beginning or end, it will be built from one million bricks, with each brick representing an answered prayer, submitted by members of the public.
Visitors will be able to hold a phone up any brick in the structure, to unlock the associated story of the answered prayer, and search for answered prayer stories about specific situations or topics relevant to personal interests.
It’s the brainchild of Richard Gamble, the project’s chief executive and a former chaplain of Leicester City football club, who felt God give him the vision for it, back in 2004.
“We’re trying to make hope visible and provoke a conversation about prayer,” he’s reported as saying. “Everyone goes through storms in life, and hope is one of the greatest antidotes to anxiety and fear.”
I’m hoping that one of the bricks in the wall will be mine!
I’ve submitted the story of the answers to prayer from my dramatic car accident, which I have blogged about here. If it’s accepted, it will be one brick (out of one million bricks) in the wall.
What answers to prayer would you want to include as bricks in the Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer? I would love to hear your testimony stories in the comments below this post, so please be bold in sharing them!