We need to pray!

Jim Leggett

Jim Leggett

By Jim Leggett –

90 Days of Prayer

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that The United Methodist Church needs divine help. Our divisions over biblical issues and sexuality have been difficult and divisive and painful. To think that we can solve these issues with human reasoning and human plans is naïve.

King Solomon, labeled as the wisest man to ever live, said, “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late…” (Psalm 127:1-2). Jesus said, “I am the Vine; you are the branches.  If you abide in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

I personally have found that the best way to abide in Christ is through prayer. This is also true for the corporate abiding of a church. We need to pray!

We are setting aside September 8 through December 6, 2014 to pray for 90 days for The United Methodist Church, and we would like to invite you and your congregation to join us.  If you would like to join, here are 7 things you can do:

1. Identify a point person in your congregation for this prayer emphasis and give us their contact information. Best case scenario: This is the prayer coordinator at your church. Or it can be a pastor or a staff person. Brenda Martin, Prayer Pastor of Grace Fellowship UM Church in Katy, Texas, will be coordinating with this person including providing prayer resources. Brenda’s email address is bmartin@whatisgrace.org. Shoot her an email and tell us you are in.

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 11.14.26 AM2. Set apart several minutes on Sunday, September 7, 2014 to introduce the prayer campaign to your congregation and invite them to a season of prayer with printed prayer guides in each bulletin, a time of prayer during the service interceding for the UM Church, leadership, and each pastor by name. Encourage commitment to fasting. This day is a time of consecration to 90 days of prayer. (An electronic version of the suggested prayer guide will be provided to your point person.)

3. Conduct three local prayer gatherings (Sacred Assemblies) during the 90 days, led by yourself or a designated facilitator. This could also be in partnership with neighboring sister UM congregations in your area. Specific suggested prayer prompts will be provided. The goal is for all of our churches/institutions to be conducting these prayer gatherings on the same 3 days:

• Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, Sacred Assembly.

• Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, Sacred Assembly.

• Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, Sacred Assembly.

These agreed upon dates will create unity as we are all praying across the country humbling ourselves together in prayer for the church. During these prayer times, create times of worship, repentance, intercession, listening, and blessing.

4. Include a brief prayer for The United Methodist Church during Sunday morning Offertory Prayer or Benediction on each Sunday during the 90 days from September 8 thru December 6, 2014.

5. Pray and invite other pastors and churches to join us during these 90 days of prayer. We have less than 3 months to rally the church to her knees. Let’s lead in giving ourselves to seeking God in this process.

6. Engage in “prophetic acts” of holiness, love, justice, and purity in small ways and in great ways by deliberately taking loving action toward homosexuals, affirming and blessing Biblical marriage and singleness, or sending notes of prayer to a fellow clergy (with a different view) in a God-honoring way.

7. Allow creative expressions of prayer to emerge depending on your church’s personality and gifting, such as a focused UM prayer group, a prayer station for the UM Church, a “prayer walk” through the UM Church roster, or other unique and creative forms of prayer.

In 2 Chronicles 20, King Jehoshaphat faced a situation that seemed impossible. He cried out to the Lord in prayer and said, “We are powerless and do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You, Lord” (v.12). Lord, we do not know what to do in The United Methodist Church, but our eyes are on You. We humble ourselves before You in this expression of united prayer. Please do a miracle, Lord!

Jim Leggett is the senior pastor of Grace Fellowship UM Church in Katy, Texas. Grace Fellowship has a full-time Prayer Pastor on staff.

Comments

  1. Katherine Button says

    We have been praying for revival to come to the UMC for some time now within our own prayer meetings and via Skype prayer meetings with UMC folks in other churches in our conference. I would like to coordinate what we are doing with you.
    Please send me info. Thank you!
    Katherine Button – prayer coordinator Farmington UMC, Farmington NY

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