Most churches pray, but not all are praying churches. Most churches pause during their worship and their gatherings to pray, sometimes out of ritual and sometimes spontaneously, and certainly out of sincerity. But how does a church make the leap to become a praying church, where prayer is the engine and fuel behind everything done?
The Apostle Paul in 1 Timothy chapter 2 (Contemporary English Version) Talks about how to pray. He says in 2:1 “First of all, I ask you to pray for everyone. Ask God to help and bless them all and tell God how thankful you are for each of them.”
Verse 8 he says “I want everyone everywhere to lift innocent hands toward heaven and pray, without being angry or arguing with each other.”
Those attending the Sunday, July 11 worship services at Mora and Ogilvie UMC’s were introduced to prayer sticks.
Each prayer stick has an individual or a family name written on it. We each were encouraged to take a random stick home and pray for that person or persons for the week. At the end of the week we were asked to write a note on the stick and return it to the bucket the next week.
August 1 begins the fourth week of this activity. It won’t be long and everyone on both church mailing lists will have been lifted in prayer. It has been wonderful to pray for our church friends.
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