A Commitment to Prayer

A Commitment to Prayer

 “Prayer is the way to stay in love with God. Prayer is the way individuals, small groups and congregations grow and become vivid…Prayer is more about receiving from God than it is asking God for things or working hard at intercession…prayer involves effort, habit and focus; but it results in lightness and energy and excitement.”

                                                Martha Grace Reese    “Unbinding the Gospel” p. 51

 We make a commitment to pray…

 For our congregation:

  • for a renewal of prayer and faith
  • for visitors to our congregation on Sunday morning that they will feel a sense of God’s presence and know that this is a place where they can belong, grow, and give
  • for our financial needs that they will be met abundantly
  • for discernment of where God is leading us and the faith to follow
  • for every worship service to be an experience of joy and growth in faith and love

For one other and what’s going on in our lives:

  • that we will each give our time, choices, and decisions to God
  • that each person’s spiritual, emotional, and physical needs will be met
  • that each person will know the abundant love of God in Christ
  • that those who have not been active for a while will again find (your church) to be a place that gives them life

For our Council and other congregational leaders:

  • that God will show us what to do and give us the people and resources to do it
  • that we will share our faith stories with one another and help one another see and feel the presence of God in our lives
  • for creativity, courage, vision, and joy in our work

 

Prayer Tips

  • Try a daily prayer time. Spend time with God by yourself. Read scripture. Journal or pray for others. Sit quietly and listen to God
  • Pray with others. This is also a crucial aspect of prayer.
  • When you pray, spend more time listening than speaking and let your prayers follow the urges or ideas that come into your mind.
  • When you pray for others imagine the light of God shining on them and filling them, and ask God to meet the needs that you don’t know but that God surely does.
  • Before you come to worship on Sunday, spend time in prayer for all those giving leadership. Imagine the sanctuary filled with the light of God. Envision the fire of the Spirit burning over the head of each person.
  • Tell others – at Council, or UCW, or in a Committee meeting about the inspiration and ideas that come to you. Seek the wisdom and encouragement of others – none of us have all the answers. Help one another with discernment and accountability.

 

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