Interview: Pete Greig

Published on October 28, 2011

Pete Greig is one of the founders of the international 24-7 Prayer movement, and the Director of Prayer for Holy Trinity, Brompton in London. He teaches around the world and is the author of several books.

What You Do For A Living?

Tell stories, throw parties, and try and live the good news of Jesus as much as possible! The ‘official’ answer is that I lead 24-7; a movement of prayer, mission and justice. My part is to set the vision and get everyone working together.

When You Think Of ‘The Message Trust‘ and ‘Eden‘ What Do You Think Of?

I love that discipleship is being outworked in real redemptive communities

I’ve been an admirer for a long time. I love the journey that Andy Hawthorne has been on, moving from innovative gospel proclamation towards incarnation and moving from just making converts to making disciples.

I am an enormous fan of the whole Eden vision – I absolutely love it. People hanging out on the estates one minute and then gathering thousands in big venues the next. I love that discipleship is being outworked in real redemptive communities.

What’s The Significance Of Continual Prayer And The Prayer Rooms?

Although we kind of stumbled upon it, we later discovered that it was a model that God’s been using throughout history. The church itself was born out of a 24-7 ‘prayer room’ in Jerusalem; the desert fathers and ancient celtic church believed in laus perennis, continual worship; the 18th century Moravian non-stop prayer meeting resulted in John Wesley’s heart being ‘strangely warmed’; and in the 20th century both the Pentecostal and charismatic renewals were born out of long spells of constant prayer.

The prayer room is not the point. The Bible tells us we are the place of continual prayer. Our lives should be full of joy, gratitude and prayer 24/7.

Prayer changes us so that we can change the world

What’s The Role Of Prayer In Bringing About Change In The World?

Two things, I think. Prayer changes us so that we can change the world. If we’re not good news, we have no good news. The way we get grace for the sinner and love for unlovely people is by catching God’s heart.

But it’s more than that too. There are certain situations in ministry when you realise you’re dealing with more than a few bad decisions – that people are being physically, mentally or even economically controlled by cancerous spiritual forces. You need a miracle to break in.

Who Are Your Spiritual Fathers & Role Models?

Hudson Taylor, William Booth, Desmond Tutu, the prophet and occasional rock star Bono. And it might sound cheesy but I get to work with some of my heroes – people like Nicky Gumbel, Tim Hughes and Carla Harding.

What Impresses You Most About Them?

Definitely faithfulness and joy. Without doubt those are the two marks of authentic spirituality.

What’s Up Ahead For You?

One of the things I’m most excited about is a project called Prayer Spaces in Schools which is putting 24-7 prayer rooms in classrooms. Teachers love it because it fits with the national curriculum. School kids are stepping into these prayer spaces and praying for the first time or coming out in tears because they’ve had an amazing experience with God in there. We’ll be rolling it out next academic year.