Prayer is who we are as followers of Jesus. It shapes you. Empowers you. Guides and directs you into God’s future. Prayer is essential.
At our recent Fresh Eyes for Mission Summit, prayer was identified as one of the strengths of Prince of Peace. This, brothers and sisters, is worth celebrating. We are a people of prayer! And yet, none of us have mastered it. Even as a strength, learning to pray deeper and more meaningfully is a vital part of our following Jesus.
“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”Martin Luther
And, while it is a strength of our congregation, that doesn’t mean praying is your strength. And that is okay. There is no condemnation for those who are not prayer warriors. But, there are opportunities to grow and strengthen this life line that our Lord gives us.
So, if you are a seasoned prayer warrior, or if you have never been one to pray–this is for you. POP on Prayer is our prayer initiative for the next 6 weeks. There are plenty of instructions and guidance in the document that is linked to the button above and below.
Needless to say, it is time. Let’s pray. Personally. In the silence of your heart and mind. Around your dinner table and before you go to sleep. Pray with your kids and grandkids. Pray when you are at stop lights and waiting rooms. Let’s pray!
The prompts that are included include a scripture for you to read and ponder. With a brief instruction, some questions and directions for your prayers are included–along with some tips and some helpful practices.
If you are not (yet!) a person of prayer, know that I am excited to join you on this journey. It may seem and feel strange at first. That is okay and normal. Stick with it. God’s got you. The Holy Spirit is leading you. With your heart directed to the Lord, you won’t do it wrong or mess it up.
So, here is to our prayers. Here is to the God who hears. To the one who longs to be in conversation with you. He is speaking through scripture. May we respond with listening ears, open hearts, and our lips of praise.
Stay tuned for more details as we navigate together through these 6 weeks!
Until then, let’s pray!