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Read the history of Watchmen on the Wall Leicester from Phil Bennett, the founder of Prayer Walls.

"In 1997 while praying in my prayer room, God prompted me to pray for a specific nation, England. I complained that I did not know how to pray for an entire nation. The Lord began to show me, in a gentle way, the specific things I was to pray for regarding England. After several months, the Lord spelled an unfamiliar word (to me) in my mind: Leicester. He explained that it was a city in England for which I was to pray. I began to pray for that city, claimed it for Christ and prayed for lost souls. He revealed to me that there was a small group praying in Leicester. He called me to join them in prayer, even from a place so distant, across the Atlantic. God soon pressed me to contact these people. I simply wrote a letter and asked someone for a list of all the churches in the area and got into contact with a group with the name ‘Christ for Leicester’. Soon after I had contacted them, I received a unique vision that was to begin my personal journey in establishing Walls of Prayer. I was shown by the Holy Spirit that the city of Leicester had a dark cloud over it and the only way to break through this cloud was through prayer. I had no idea how to do it. I inquired around and discovered a ministry called the Watchman’s Prayer Ministry designed by Larry Thompson. It was a simple system whereby people prayed in one-hour segments and when all 168 hours in a week were covered specifically, unceasing prayer would be established. I discovered a church doing it and knew this was possible in Leicester as well. I went to Leicester to cast the ‘watchmen’ vision and invited dedicated intercessors to pray on a wall of prayer for the city. There were several meetings and within a week we had built almost an entire wall. The watchmen prayer ministry was launched and more watchmen were added."

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