We have reached the end of our first week of prayer.
We began the week by talking about what it means to learn to pray. Our first blog post for this 2015 time of prayer introduced this idea that the very thing the disciples asked of Jesus was that they wanted to learn from Him how to pray. They followed this man closer than anyone else and what they wanted to know was how to pray.
It can't go without being said that they must have only learned by praying together.
It is quite unlikely that they asked Jesus this because of how he talked about prayer, but because they saw him pray. It is unlikely that after they asked this question that he gave them a handout with three points on how to pray better, but he prayed with them.
In one week we have already been able to learn how to pray from one another for those who are gathering together in the mornings, or in each others homes to pray. As we pray and ask that the Lord show us how to pray, it can be answered by hearing those next to us pray. It can be done by praying together.
And, part of what praying together looks like is praying for one another. Praying together allows us to fulfill the commands in scripture.
"Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn." - Romans 12:15
We can learn to pray as we join with others. This morning, we gathered and started the time by lifting up difficulties and bringing them before the Lord on behalf of one another. In prayer we mourn with the those who mourn, and rejoice with those who rejoice.
Next week, if you are able to come from 6a-8am, we will be introducing a board where we will write out things that we are praying for as a community, as well as giving the ability for others to write out their own longings birthed in prayer, as well as their needs and request.
If you can't make it, we will do our best to communicate these things through various media outlets so that we can continue to focus our hearts as one community through prayer.
Through this weekend, be praying for this type of unity to continue in our church, and in the Church at large. If you can, join us Sunday morning at 9a for prayer before our worship gathering at 10a.
Grace & Peace.