Whenever my family went on a vacation, after we had everything packed in the car, after the we did everything to make sure things were unplugged in the house, we would come together. Someone would read from the Bible, usually reading Psalm 121, and then we would pray. Praying was never a good luck charm, but it did place me at ease that God would be with us during our journey.
When we gather together each Sunday, we have come together to sing, share in the Lord’s Supper, and…we pray. We come together and share our concerns and come together in prayer. In some way, prayer is the glue that brings us together.
Prayer is something that connects us to God, to be able to see where God is working in our world. It is also connects us to one another. I actually enjoy our prayer time on Sunday mornings. The sharing of our lives through prayer concerns is something that binds us together as a community. We are no longer just a collection of people, but we are a people, the church. A Vital Congregation makes prayer a priority.
The sharing of our lives through prayer concerns is something that binds us together as a community. We are no longer just a collection of people, but we are a people, the church. A Vital Congregation makes prayer a priority.
Which is why I want to tell you about a new summer initiative that I hope will ground our community in this important practice. Breakthrough Prayer is an idea that started in the United Methodist Church that has taken off in that denomination. Breakthrough Prayer is when a congregation unites to pray collectively asking God to “Break through” in new and miraculous ways. Breakthrough prayer opens up the congregation to possibilities we haven’t thought of before. It can change our view from being inward, to becoming outward focused.
Breakthrough prayer works this way. We ask people to pray a certain prayer which will be made available to you. You will pray it every day at a certain time. You are free to pray more prayers, you are just asked to pray this one.
Starting on Pentecost Sunday, June 4, I will invite people to take part in this new and exciting intiative. Everyday we will prayer at 6:50 (either AM or PM) a simple prayer. Write the time in a calendar or use your smartphone’s reminder or note app so that it notifies you daily when it is time to pray. We will pray this prayer until July 4. On July 5 we will pray a different prayer until August 5. Finally on August 6 we will pray the final summer prayer until September 6. The focus of our prayers will be for the church to be a vital part of our community, for our church to grow numerically and to make disciples of Jesus and to see the Spirit moving in our lives, the lives of others and in our community.
I hope you will consider taking part. You can sign up on the sheet in the back of the sanctuary or you can contact Pastor Dennis by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (612-779-3033). On Pentecost we will hand out the prayer and spend some time praying.
When we pray, God can do amazing things.