Last night (Sun, Feb 26) brothers and sisters in Christ from Jackson gathered together to pray.
Back in January we had a special prayer service for a family mourning the tragic death of their 20-year-old son. A lot of people showed up and it was a powerful moment. Following the prayer time a few of us were talking and wondered:
“Why do we need to wait for a tragedy in order to gather to pray?”
So yadda, yadda, yadda…
…we decided to hold a community prayer service every month on the 4th Sunday. The location is to rotate among the churches. Last night we were at Salem.
The agenda is nothing more than to just pray. I set up circles of chairs in the fellowship hall. I lite candles in the sanctuary in case people wanted a quiet place for private prayer. I began our time with scripture and off we went.
That was 7pm.
By the time I looked at the clock again it was nearly 8pm. Wow…how time flies when brothers and sisters in Christ unite in prayer. And it didn’t even seem that long. Our little circle prayed about a variety of things and people. No rhyme or reason, but then again that is how it should be…pray however the Spirit moves you.
It was great!
But what really meant a lot to me was to see and hear people’s hearts. We poured ourselves out. We weren’t afraid to speak. We weren’t concerned about “proper format”. What I heard was people talking to God as one would speak to a close friend.
Very intimate time.
Afterwards we just visited. We drank coffee. People caught up with one another. More holy moments :)
The only things that bothers me about this is this:
Why didn’t we start doing this a long time ago?
Let us pray…