Priority on Prayer
In my first sermon of 2017 I shared my burden for our church to engage in a renewed emphasis on prayer. Prayer is our direct line to God and if we want clarity and direction for ministry and life we must be closely connected to God through prayer. In the sermon I said “No program, personality, or purpose statement will accomplish anything worthwhile apart from surrendered prayer.” I believe our effectiveness is linked to our prayers. We had a powerful worship experience that morning as the end of my sermon became a prayer meeting with the altar full of church members calling out to God.
We make it a priority to emphasize prayer in our Small Groups, in our worship services, and in our prayer meetings on Wednesday nights. I want to remind you of a fairly new initiative we began a couple of months ago on Wednesday nights. Instead of meeting each week as a large group of adults for United Worship and Prayer, we are now meeting in smaller prayer groups. Each month, however, when we have a church meal together and conduct our business meeting, we gather as a large group for worship and prayer.
There were numerous weeks we discussed and prayed together on Wednesday nights about the most effective approach to ministry during this hour. Our deacon body also was included in this discussion and many were excited to offer a variety of options on Wednesday nights. We currently have two prayer groups who meet and there is room for more prayer groups or even a Bible study group or two.
I want to specifically invite you to join us on Wednesday nights as we build relationships with one another and effectively pray together. If you are interested in participating or leading a Bible study or prayer group on Wednesday night, please contact me. Let us unite together in prayer as we depend on God to move in a mighty way this year.