Dear Friends in Christ ~
Think of the many times that we pray: before meals or bed; for positive results or release from trouble; for blessings for special occasions or our friends and family.
In the Gospels, Jesus taught us the Lord’s Prayer, prayed alone before a turning point in His ministry, and even prayed in the Garden for release from the Cup of Suffering.
In his 1st letter to the Thessalonians, Paul advised: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (5:16-16) PRAY CONSTANTLY! We know that we should. We think that we do. But how easy IS it to pray ~ AND to pray CONSTANTLY?
Recently, I asked a member to lead devotions at a meeting; to which she replied: “I’m not sure I know how. Is there a simple formula for praying?” This brought to mind the 1-word prayer reminder that I learned a long time ago: ACTS ~ Adoration (praise God); Contrition (ask for forgiveness); Thanksgiving (for our blessings); Supplication (specific petitions).
The pastors of the Revitalization churches have covenanted to pray for 30 minutes each day ~ for each other AND the churches in the process. And, to be perfectly honest, some days this is very hard! All of us, including myself, have experienced days when lack of focus, tiredness, OR having too much on our plates has prevented us from BEing still in God’s presence and in prayer with God.
This fall, as a Revitalization church, all of us will be called to spend 40 days in prayer ~ praying for the life of our congregation AND praying for a stronger commitment to follow in the Spirit’s path for our future. Today, I invite you to join me in our journey of prayer by DAILY: 1) praying for St. Paul’s and our future; 2) praying for me, your Pastor; and 3) praying for each other and our renewed life in the Spirit.
In Christ’s love,