So many “things” pointed to praying about prayer this week. (I love seeing God’s involvement in this ministry!)
- I received a notification from the YouVersion app, “Conversation starters with God.”
- The Pastor preached about “The High Priestly Prayer” yesterday. John 17:1-26
- September 23-25 is the SBC PrayerLink Annual Gathering.
SBC PrayerLink will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, but you can also attend virtually. I became involved with the “Prayer Ministries Network” affinity group of PrayerLink last year through my involvement in prayer with IMB. I consider it such a blessing to have been able to serve with this group over the past year, developing a survey for Pastors and Prayer Leaders, compiling resources for churches to use to create and grow their prayer ministries. (You can find both on their website as well as registration information for the conference. I think it’s like $15 to attend virtually.) https://www.sbcprayerlink.org/
I’ve learned so much in the past two years about prayer and can tell you unequivocally, there is power in prayer; thus the name of the FaceBook group I started four years ago, 7th Hour Prayer Power. The original intention came from hearing a preacher say, “What if we all prayed the same prayer at the same time?” He talked about the power of prayer, the power of “when two or more are gathered in My name,” and expounded on those principles. That’s when God placed it on my heart to start the FaceBook group and this blog. Together, we’ve made a huge difference.
After hearing that preacher, my passion for prayer was sparked, but it was ignited at Missions College 2020. The keynote speaker was Dr. Rick Hedger, and he takes everything to the Lord in prayer. Then, he waits for a response before taking action. I realized that meant submitting totally to God, and to be quite honest, it took me months to get to that point, but I think I’m there now. I give everything up to Him. I ask for guidance, direction, and answers. I have conversations with Him. This has developed into a ministry to help others build a closer relationship with our Father in Heaven. (Click on the “Home” page link at the top of this page).
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16 ESV
Please join me this week in praying for a revival of prayer. Pray that those who profess to be believers but don’t pray realize that without this conversation with God, they are separated from Him. Pray that they realize they can have a personal relationship with Him if they get to know Him through His word and through prayer. Let’s also pray for those who have a prayer life to draw even closer to God. Pray for the courage to ask people if you can pray for them/with them. Pray with thanksgiving that our loving Father allows us to come to Him in this way.