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A Call to Prayer

1 Timothy 2:8

Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.

IMG_0301As I mentioned on May 1st in my blog post titled – May: A Call to Prayer – our congregation and blog post readers have been called to prayer during the month of May. I have encouraged our congregation to spend five minutes a day (minimum) – and five minutes during every meeting of the church family – praying for discernment for the church.

When I first arrived at FUMC – I was told stories of why we stayed on Main Street rather than building on land in the suburbs – land we had purchased. I have been given some short responses with very little detail. A plan – if it was once well known – has been forgotten. A reason for staying in the heart of Historic Laurel – God’s reason – God’s plan – is what we are seeking.

In our call to pray – let’s all pray for our local church. For those of us attending First United Methodist Church in Laurel – we are called to pray for our focus – our purpose – our direction – the reason God has for us being on the corner of 5th and Main Streets. We will be forming a strategic planning team and targeting what God reveals to us in our month of prayer and beyond.

prayer11Every great move of God and God’s people is preceded and accompanied by prayer. In today’s passage – Paul instructs a young pastor – Timothy – that men (and I will add women) should lift up their hands and souls to God in prayer. 1 Timothy 2:8 – Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. I really like that last part – without anger or disputing. As we develop a strategic plan – it should not be a time of defending what WE think is important – what WE are doing or what WE think WE should be doing. It should be a time when the Body of Christ comes together – maybe even experiencing some Gethsemane moments along the way – together – denying our will and desires and seeking GOD’S face and will.

Along with praying for our church family – and our focus – I would like to add – pray for Baltimore City – her elected officials and residents – her police force and shop owners. Pray for peace – justice – and truth to prevail – no matter how hard truth might be to face.

Sunday – I preached a message titled “A Man’s Role in Marriage” and I want to call all men – as the spiritual heads of their families – to lead the way in this time of prayer. Step up to the plate and lead your families – step up and set the example for the family to follow. Don’t wait for someone else to ask are we going to pray – step up and organize a time to pray in your home.

Committee chairs – Bible study leaders – small group facilitators – Sunday School teachers – choir directors – praise team leaders – and other leaders in the church – make room in your gatherings to pray for discernment and direction for FUMC. And share with me what God reveals to you and your family or group.

Let us all lift up holy hands and pray – seeking His face and desiring His grace. Let us bend a knee and humble ourselves before God. Hear the Call to Prayer dear readers! Spend time with God in communication with Him.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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May 4, 2015 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , ,

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