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E-Note from Pastor Asher to the Community of Kingswood United Methodist Church
4 May 2017Posted by on
Many among us may not be aware that the first Thursday in May is a Holy Day set aside as a Worldwide Day of Prayer for Christians around the globe. Communal prayer has always been central to Christian identity. In our Tuesday Bible Study we practice a form of it when we hold hands and every person in the room takes a turn to pray.
The World Day of Prayer and the National Day of Prayer are both rooted in the Scripture found in 1 Timothy 2:1-4, that reads:
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth (NIV2010).
Our prayers are one of the ways to be in conversation with God. Our prayers are one of the ways for us to listen to God, and allow God to mold and shape us (Isaiah 64:8). Our prayers help us to open our hearts and minds, and to accept what God wishes to give us in answer to our prayers. Our prayers are a constant reminder to honor, glorify and praise God even at times when we may not feel like it and would rather be focused on something else.
On this World Day of Prayer, when Christians in our Nation are called to bow their heads in conversation with God, I would like to leave you with a simple question: “What is it that you are looking for from the Lord in your prayers?”
My prayer is for all of us, may God bless us, keep us and encourage us to be the best version of what we are created to be.
I pray for our country, may God bless the United States of America, and may it be like a city on a hill that is a blessing to the world around us (Matt 5:14).