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P.O.P. on Prayer

As you have heard by now, POP had a successful and helpful Fresh Eyes for Mission Summit in the middle of August. Immediately, there was a renewed energy, excitement, and a fresh air of hope among the leaders who participated.

Already we have begun implementing some of our ideas. Of course, many of them will take some time to develop and much of this work will be more behind the scenes rather than out front. You will continue to hear more about Fresh Eyes and, of course, I’m always willing to answer any questions you may have.

As I’ve shared, one of the strengths of our congregation is our trust in, reliance upon, and commitment to prayer. We are a people of prayers!

I’m hoping that we can tap into this strength. I’m inviting you to pray. What do you think God could do if we commit to praying, specifically, for our shared life together and our future here at Prince of Peace? To pray for God’s wisdom and insight for our congregation. To pray for our community. To pray for ways we can love our neighbors. To pray for the leadership of our congregation. To pray for revival among our people and a growth of new people. To pray for a revelation of God’s direction for you and for this church.

Will you join the rallying cry to come before our Lord in prayer?

On September 11th, as our fall ministries kick off with Sunday School and later that week with Wednesday Night Ministry, we will also begin distributing POP Prayer Guides. These guides will lay out a little about what we are doing and why we are doing it. There will be included tips on ways and methods to help you step further into a life of prayer. The majority of these Prayer Guides will have topics and scriptures that our congregation will use to direct our prayers and focus our attention.

What’s involved in this call to prayer?

I’m glad you asked. A lot of things will be spelled out more clearly when you get your hands on the POP Prayer Guide. But, to start, my hope is that we can unify our personal prayers in a common direction. It’s also to hone all of us in the discipline and practice of devoted prayer time with our Lord. A good gauge of investment is that I hope the POP Prayer Guide leads you to pray more and deeper than you do today.

The reality is, I sense that the Holy Spirit is working. I believe deeply in this place and that our God is moving among us. I don’t want to miss it. I don’t want to miss Him. I don’t want us to follow our own ways and our own desires. I want to solely follow Jesus into our shared future at Prince of Peace. To do this, prayer is our first, middle, and last tool. Being a people of prayer is our highest calling and best path forward.

Looking around on Sunday morning, it is easy to see that our numbers are not what they used to be. We need to be refreshed as we step forward into what God desires for us. We want to explore new approaches to reach out into our community in love. We want to ask tough questions and seek real answers. To do this we need to be covered in prayer.

Look for your copy of the POP Prayer Guide on September 11th.

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